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Director Case Study –
Stanley Kubrick
I chose director Stanley Kubrick to study for my A2 media studies
coursework because the film I am going to be creating will be a
psychological horror film and he directed, produced and wrote one
of the most famous psychological horror films in history: ‘The
Shining’ (1980). I wanted to find out more about his directing
techniques that contributed to the success of his film so that I can
use some of the devices when creating my own horror film trailer
in the hopes that it will also be successful.
Kubrick once told a friend that he “had long desired to
"make the world's scariest movie, involving a series of
episodes that would play upon the nightmare fears of the
audience”. At the time, audiences were afraid of what the
effects of drugs were on peoples’ minds so the new thing to
be afraid of were regular people. So ‘The Shining’ was
perfect for this as it explored the main character’s descent
into madness when he starts attempting to murder his
family. It became a huge success to now being considered a
‘horror cult classic’. He was praised for turning the hotel in
which the film is set into something cramped and
claustrophobic.
When talking about the theme of ‘The Shining’, Stanley
Kubrick said that “there's something inherently wrong
with the human personality. There's an evil side to it. One
of the things that horror stories can do is to show us the
archetypes of the unconscious; we can see the dark side
without having to confront it directly.”
I compared the character in ‘The Shining’ to another
character ‘Alex DeLarge’ from ‘A Clockwork Orange’
(1971) which is another film that Kubrick directed which
featured the main character being a sociopath. I think in
creating these films with these type of characters,
Kubrick tapped into his idea of the dark side of the
human personality and by delving into it caused the films
to be very successful.
At the time when he was filming movies like ‘The
Shining’, the Steadicam was very advanced technology
but Kubrick used it to its fullest potential. Kubrick
described the Steadicam as allowing fast, flowing,
camera movements which would have otherwise been
impossible to accomplish.
He used custom made zoom lenses, which allowed him
to start a scene with a close-up and slowly zoom out;
maybe to allow the audience to first get an impression
of the main character then present them with more
information to reveal the background of that character.
Kubrick also stressed how the editing of a film can
make or break it. He said how he would shoot a scene
from many angles then in editing rearrange them until
the scene was perfect.
His Directing Techniques
It was also said that Stanley Kubrick used extreme camera
angles in order to make the audience feel disoriented. This
would work very well in a psychological film as it would
help the audience understand better the mental strain the
characters are experiencing.
When considering what techniques to use when filming my
psychological horror film trailer I will use techniques I have learnt
researching Stanley Kubrick and his works as he became a legend
to cameramen around the world and the success of his films before
his death in 1999 in addition to the legacy that he left has shown
me that in order for my film trailer to be a success I need to use
similar devices that he did.
Especially the techniques in which he highlighted the mental states
of the main characters as the main protagonist in my film will
experience their mind deteriorating and I want my audience to be
able to relate to her despair as if they are enduring it too.

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Director Case Study

  • 1. Director Case Study – Stanley Kubrick
  • 2. I chose director Stanley Kubrick to study for my A2 media studies coursework because the film I am going to be creating will be a psychological horror film and he directed, produced and wrote one of the most famous psychological horror films in history: ‘The Shining’ (1980). I wanted to find out more about his directing techniques that contributed to the success of his film so that I can use some of the devices when creating my own horror film trailer in the hopes that it will also be successful.
  • 3. Kubrick once told a friend that he “had long desired to "make the world's scariest movie, involving a series of episodes that would play upon the nightmare fears of the audience”. At the time, audiences were afraid of what the effects of drugs were on peoples’ minds so the new thing to be afraid of were regular people. So ‘The Shining’ was perfect for this as it explored the main character’s descent into madness when he starts attempting to murder his family. It became a huge success to now being considered a ‘horror cult classic’. He was praised for turning the hotel in which the film is set into something cramped and claustrophobic. When talking about the theme of ‘The Shining’, Stanley Kubrick said that “there's something inherently wrong with the human personality. There's an evil side to it. One of the things that horror stories can do is to show us the archetypes of the unconscious; we can see the dark side without having to confront it directly.” I compared the character in ‘The Shining’ to another character ‘Alex DeLarge’ from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (1971) which is another film that Kubrick directed which featured the main character being a sociopath. I think in creating these films with these type of characters, Kubrick tapped into his idea of the dark side of the human personality and by delving into it caused the films to be very successful.
  • 4. At the time when he was filming movies like ‘The Shining’, the Steadicam was very advanced technology but Kubrick used it to its fullest potential. Kubrick described the Steadicam as allowing fast, flowing, camera movements which would have otherwise been impossible to accomplish. He used custom made zoom lenses, which allowed him to start a scene with a close-up and slowly zoom out; maybe to allow the audience to first get an impression of the main character then present them with more information to reveal the background of that character. Kubrick also stressed how the editing of a film can make or break it. He said how he would shoot a scene from many angles then in editing rearrange them until the scene was perfect. His Directing Techniques It was also said that Stanley Kubrick used extreme camera angles in order to make the audience feel disoriented. This would work very well in a psychological film as it would help the audience understand better the mental strain the characters are experiencing.
  • 5. When considering what techniques to use when filming my psychological horror film trailer I will use techniques I have learnt researching Stanley Kubrick and his works as he became a legend to cameramen around the world and the success of his films before his death in 1999 in addition to the legacy that he left has shown me that in order for my film trailer to be a success I need to use similar devices that he did. Especially the techniques in which he highlighted the mental states of the main characters as the main protagonist in my film will experience their mind deteriorating and I want my audience to be able to relate to her despair as if they are enduring it too.