The August 1980 issue of AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER has two major articles on THE SHINING's production. One is a lengthy interview with Kubrick's cinematographer, John Alcott, and the other is an article by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown. . . . From Garrett Brown's article: "In 1974 Stanley Kubrick receives a print of the 35mm demonstration film shot with the original prototype of what would later be called the "Steadicam." Kubrick's telexed response is reprinted below:" VIA WUI + CINEDEVCO LSA HAWKFILMS ELST [This would be Elstree Studios, where Kubrick usually works.] TO ED DI GIULIO 2# 11 74 DEAR ED, DEMO REEL ON HAND HELD MYSTERY STABILIZER WAS SPECTACULAR AND YOU CAN COUNT ON ME AS A CUSTOMER. IT SHOULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY FILMS ARE SHOT. IF YOU ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT PROTECTING ITS DESIGN BEFORE YOU FULLY PATENT IT, I SUGGEST YOU DELETE THE TWO OCCASIONS ON THE REEL WHERE THE SHADOW ON THE GROUND GIVES THE SKILLED COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE PHOTO INTERPRETER A FAIRLY CLEAR REPRESENTATION OF A MAN HOLDING A POLE WITH ONE HAND, WITH SOMETHING OR OTHER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POLE WHICH APPEARS TO BE SLOWLY MOVING. BUT MY LIPS ARE SEALED. I HAVE A QUESTION: IS THERE A MINIMUM HEIGHT AT WHICH IT CAN BE USED? BEST REGARDS, STANLEY KUBRICK HAWKFILMS ELST CINEDEVCO LSA (J.D.)
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