To the Timberline – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
To the Timberline 2- Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
The Snow Cat to the Rescue – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
Snow Covered Trees – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
The Overlook/Timberline from the Road – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
In the 4 P.M. section of The Shining, Dick travels in the Snow Cat to the lodge. One shot has him on a fairly flat stretch hemmed with trees. I looked around for something corresponding to this and I don’t know if I might have lucked upon that exact stretch on the west leg of the Timberline Highway, which in the winter joins with the ski trails as part of that veritable maze before the Timberline, then links up with the Timberline Highway to enter from the east. I’d thought possibly that this scene was filmed at the studio as it was so eerily pristine, but seeing the Google Maps images, and knowing they had filming crew up here, it could have been a real location shot.
Wonderfully, Google Maps also provides an image that is very close to what Dick sees of the lodge as he approaches it from the road.
Best Way to the Lodge – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
In the 8 A.M. section of “The Shining” we get a brief look of a view of the studio lodge from the far west entrance, which was unobserved on Closing Day. Though the studio set is different from the real Timberline (which is viewed in aerials and from down the mountain), it’s interesting to compare the live Timberline/Overlook snowed in version with the studio Overlook.
The Airport – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
Boulder and Westminster Exit from the North – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
Boulder and Westminster Exit from the South – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
In the 8 a.m. section of The Shining, Dick flies to Denver from Miami. The Stapleton International Airport is now closed. In the film we see road shots of snow, the Boulder/Westminster exit and wreckage of a Mack truck and VW. I read that the film crew who shot at Glacier National Park was also shooting road scenes in Denver. If the shots of the Westminster/Boulder exit were made in Denver, the roads have changed greatly since then so there is no recognition factor.
Miami, Channel 10 – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art
In the Wednesday section of The Shining, Dick “shines” the ongoing terror at the hotel while watching a Channel 10 newscast which shows few scenes from Miami, including the WPLG tower. It seems right to include it in the “Revisiting the Shining” Google map art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Rounding the Bend – Revisiting “The Shining – Google Maps Redux Art
A perspective from Google Maps as it reaches the point when the helicopter would have made its pass.