In the Shining, Stanley Kubrick uses many different camera movements to effect screen movement. In the iconic scene where Danny is cycling around the house in his tricycle, we get a sense and scope of how large the house is. This scene not only mirrors that of the maze scene, in which Jack chases Danny through the maze to kill him, but also gives us an idea of how intricate the house is. With all the corridors and rooms, the house is meant to be a parallel of the maze, and getting lost in the maze of your mind is one of the many themes that Kubrick portrays through the whole film. This scene of Danny on his tricycle is so important to the film. The camera movements are deliberate, and have been carefully planned. Nowhere in the scene does the camera cut, it is completely continuous. By having it as a continuous scene, we get the idea of time and how long it is, which is a reflection of how the characters feel, that time is extremely slow and eating away at them. The fact that the camera follows Danny from behind gives us a sense that he is being chased, which again has been done to back up the maze scene. Another important scene in the film is the opening scene. We see a car driving through a vast mountain terrain, through winding roads and forest areas. The camera, again, follows the car, this time from a far. This has been done to show us that the characters, at this point, are free as the camera is at a distance, so they aren’t trapped, but are entering the maze. The winding roads represent the walkways of a maze and the forest represents the hedges which enclose the characters within it.


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