Essay about The Shining

735 Words Jun 19th, 2007 3 Pages
THE SHINING

The key to a great movie is using cinematography to control the mood and tone of a piece in order to affect the viewers' feelings. In Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining", the cinematographer manipulated the lighting to create a certain mood and cast of light onto the scenes. Since lighting is the key to cinematography, it can have a major impact on a films narrative. During the scene of The Shining, entitled "Great Party, Isn't It?" the cinematographer used light to put emphasis on what was happening. The scene starts out indoors under fluorescent lighting. Normally when filming under fluorescent light the shot is given a green tint and the colors do not produce correctly. Although, in the movie, there is no green
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A color-effects gel, like the on used in the previous scene was also used in this shot. The entire outside shot was given a very blue tint. The color blue is a good way to indicate that it is night time. Blue is used to give the allusion of the moonlight striking the snow. The dense shadows that were created in this scene also give the feeling of depth. When the character is running in the snow, there is a light in the distance. That light is producing a contrast of shadows that flow to the subject. The entire scene is dark, yet the cinematographer was still able to produce a good sense of depth in the shot. This outdoors scene also used a motivated lighting scheme. Motivated light is light that comes from a practical source. In this scene the motivated light is coming from the path lights in the maze. It is producing a very hard light and putting dense shadows on the characters. The next scene is back to an interior shot of one of the character at the end of a long hallway. The light in this scene is coming from a window. Although it is suppose to be night time, there seems to be a lot of light coming in from the window. Enough light to illuminate the entire shot. The blue color-effect gel was also used in the shot to try and produce the "night time" effect. This is one of the only shots where I feel the lighting was not working for the scene. When the character turns the corner in the hallway, the entire room is filled with an

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