Viewing down the Mountain, Revisiting “The Shining”, Google Maps Redux Art
Viewing down the Mountain 2, Revisiting “The Shining”, Google Maps Redux Art
Kubrick opens many of the sections with a shot looking up the mountain from below, such as here on Tuesday and here on Saturday. On the supposed intervening Thursday, when the lodge has been snowed in, Kubrick chooses instead to open with Wendy and Danny playing in the snow and Jack looking out the window.
The above spruced up shots from Google Maps give us an idea of what it is to look down the mountain from the lodge. One has the impression of gazing over the world, and even the maze itself, the world maze.
The studio set shows the maze in front of the lodge. Though the hedge maze is clearly not observed before the real Timberline in aerial shots and the looking-up-from-down-the-mountain shots (because, of course, it wasn’t there in real life) and in some books the studio facade and maze is stated to be behind the Overlook, the Snow Cat’s approach to the real Timberline/Overlook strongly suggests we should see the studio maze as in the front.
What we never see in the movie, which can be observed in Google Maps, is that the mountain before the lodge is a veritable maze of ski slopes traversing every which way. With the tall trees acting as obscuring maze hedges, try entering this without directional guide posts. Even with guide posts observed in Google Maps, it is easy to become lost.
Continue reading View Down the Overlook/Timerline Mountain – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
White Homes, Durango, Mexico – Google Maps Redux
Black Water Tanks, Durango, Mexico – Google Maps Redux
Tweety Bird, Durango, Mexico – Google Maps Redux
Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon – Google Maps Redux
The Torrance Family Travels Up The Mountain on Closing Day – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
The above image is at the point when Kubrick crossfades from the Torrances driving to the vista of The Overlook.
The Weeping Wall – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
The Torrances are traveling west to east.
I had thought to pinpoint the opening waterfall shot as being at the Weeping Wall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road–before the Donner’s Pass conversation, and then not far after that the cross fade occurs (place of top shot) to the Timberline/Overlook. The day Google Maps went through there was road construction with a lot of dust and the sun glaring in their eyes–and viewing it all I can tell you that traveling with the sun in your eyes on the Going-to-the-sun-Road, with its challenging terrain, is not a road I would want to undertake with the sun blinding me.
The Torrance Family Passes Through a Water Run-off Area – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
But rather than passing the Weeping Wall (the highway there is ever under construction for repairs due constant water damage) they may instead be traveling a little further along in Google Map 4 below (and the above street view). The lack of trees on the right fits better, plus the Google maps aerial view of the road seems to be a perfect match with the helicopter view from the movie. Which you can’t tell from a ground shot.
The image I’ve grabbed of the beetle nearing the bend (at the point of the cross-fade to The Overlook) is about two Google maps arrow clicks further past the two parking areas to the right as back at that point the sunlight was too glaring to get much of anything.
What’s interesting about this is that the Torrances are traveling west to east on Closing Day and Kubrick chooses to crossfade away to the Timberline/Overlook before they come to Logan’s Pass, which is right about the Continental Divide, a little west of it. Whereas when Jack is traveling east to west in the opening shots, Kubrick chooses to crossfade away to the Timberline/Overlook before he reaches Logan Pass as well. So, these two versions of the same trip are converging on Logan Pass (perhaps a kind of stand-in for Donner’s Pass) and the Continental Divide.
Background While Talking about Donner’s Pass – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux
The background out the window during the talk about Donner’s Pass. See this location in Google map 5.
Continue reading Closing Day Mountain Ascent – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
Thank you to Tom Rouse who left the coordinates for the Boulder apartment complex of the Torrances (the facade) in a comment on an article at the Examiner. He misnamed the apartment complex as the Kimberly when instead it is the Kensington. The Kimberly apartments are in roughly the same area, about two miles distant on Thunderbird Circle. The Kensington apartments are at 2950 Bixby.
But no matter the misname! He left the coordinates! Thank you!
The complex (pretty large) has buildings on four sides, for which reason I was unable to get a view of the mountains from beyond the parking lot, and so settled on a view of the rear of one of the buildings near an entrance.
Here is their FB page where you can some sample pics of apartments. Here are reviews on them at apartment ratings. Sounds like the kind of inbetween here and there place at which the Torrances might have landed.
They’re right off Highway 36, and a couple of blocks over you can still get a good view of the mountains from the highway. Back in 1980 the Kensington was probably the very edge of town, and is still pretty close to it.
Continue reading Behind the Boulder Apartment Building (Revisiting the Shining) – Google Maps Redux Art
Near Logan Pass, at around the Continental Divide, Kubrick crossfades from footage of the Glacier National Park to The Timberline at Mount Hood, blending Mount Clements (I believe) with Mount Hood. The helicopter then hovers over the presumed Overlook. This is past Siyeh Bend on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Continue reading Last Shot of Glacier Park on Interview Day – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
After the west tunnel, cut to the yellow beetle passing through an alpine area without trees. After the bend, it will pass a car with a kayak on top coming from the other direction. This is a good way past Logan Pass, towards The Loop, and so is head of the next and last shot of Going-to-the-Sun Road in the opening sequence.
Continue reading After the West Tunnel – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
Empire State Building, Google Maps Redux
Repurposing street view.
Exiting the West Tunnel (Revisiting The Shining), Google Maps Redux Art
Looking Back at the West Tunnel (Revisiting The Shining), Google Maps Redux Art
The yellow beetle enters the Going to the Sun west tunnel and then it exits and passes a car parked to the left. If we are in the beetle, not watching from the vantage of the helicopter, we have no clue what’s around the bend, except for more mountains.
Rounding the Bend (Revising the Shining), Google Maps Redux Art
Continue reading Exiting the West Tunnel (Revisiting The Shining)
Entering the West Tunnel, Revisiting The Shining, Google Redux
Entering the West Tunnel #2, Revisiting The Shining, Google Redux
Using Google maps as a base, imagined views from the yellow beetle in The Shining, if the yellow beetle could transport itself to now. There are two tunnels on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, just as there are two St. Mary’s lakes (an upper and a lower). The film shows the beetle entering the west tunnel which is between Logan’s Pass and the loop back. So, the beetle is still traveling west but it is on another section of the road which has it actually going the opposite direction on the Going-to-the-Sun-Road from the other opening shots. The two tunnels look much alike but the west tunnel can be distinguished as the appropriate one by the parking before and after.
Continue reading Entering the West Tunnel (Revisiting the Shining)
Google Map Redux Art, Blue Street, Richland, Washington
Blue Street, Richland, Washington as it once was
This is a house in plutoniumville, USA, where we lived when we moved to Richland, Washington from the midwest. Richland was a government town that sprang up during WII to house individuals who worked at Hanford making the deathly stuff that would be stuffed in a missile, dubbed Fat Man, and pointlessly dropped on Nagasaki. People didn’t know what they were working on. At least most people didn’t. They just knew it was secret and that if anyone asked what their job was they were supposed to lie and relate a fake occupation. Due the tens of thousands required to build such a deadly bomb, this meant having to design a town and rapidly construct housing. The homes were called “letter houses” because A, B, C etc. specified a particular design. Then many more came which meant more housing, such as the neighborhood of which Blue Street was a part, the homes there not one of the original letter homes (which are now a historic district) but were built under the Wherry Act Federal Housing Program to house the 1950s influx of people from around the country. Hanford and Richland, post war, were supposed to become something like the crown nuclear plant jewels of a superatomic future, manufacturing power for the pacific northwest. When the Cold War arrived Richland was said to be the number one strike zone. It was during the Cold War that my father went to work at Hanford for General Electric, doing research, and how I came to grow up believing the entire world was covered in rambling tumbleweed but it was in Richland where the tumbleweeds blowing down the street and across your lawn might be radioactive.
If one looks through the neighborhood in which these homes stand, which was once at the edge of town, as with the alphabet homes you don’t see any torn out and replaced with more modern housing. and the exteriors seem to show that any remodeling has preserved the original aesthetic of…well…a federal housing project. Perhaps there’s a desire to preserve it as it was.
There are certain differences you see readily. Such as the replacement of the original asbestos shingling.
Everyone has the home where they were toilet trained and learned how to feed themselves. The home where the cultural dictates of your environment create your first world stage and you learn the basic vocabulary for all the props. The home where your brain built its first memories. Your first dreams. Your first conception of self. Your first realization of mortality. This above was that home for me, where my early formative years were spent. We were all from elsewhere and perhaps because of this nothing felt very permanent, as if we could all blow away in an instant.