Thursday, 20 March 2014

Stanley Kubrick Archive Visit

Our trip to the Kubrick Archive for the FRBVM Yr2 Business Entrepreneurship students, was to get an idea about the depth of enquiry that Kubrick put into the research for all of his films, whether they came to fruition or not. 

It also served to show the path that Stanley Kubrick's career took, from his beginnings as a 13 year old boy with a new camera to a 17 year old who sold an unsolicited photograph to Look Magazine earning him a place as an apprentice photographer which then led to him being given a staff photographer role with regular assignments.

This was followed by his plan to move into documentaries and film and how he went about developing his ideas, often having several projects in various stages of development at the same time. It also becomes evident how he later utilises the services of his colleagues and collaborators from those early days at Look magazine.

Another useful aspect of the trip was to get an idea about the importance of archiving and the organisation of files, assets and resources. 

The students were shown various selected samples from the archive, with in-depth information by Charlotte Procter and Sarah Cox. The visit was made possible by Senior Archivist, Richard Daniels.

The atmosphere controlled archive itself. State-of-the-art remote controlled doors slide back, each in turn to reveal corridors housing relics from every aspect of Kubrick's career. The Archive itself runs to approximately 900 linear metres and includes production paperwork, letters, props, costumes, publicity materials, production photographs, research, photographs, plans, books, audiovisual material, equipment and press cuttings.

From 2001: A Space Odyssey - The future of the mobile phone
Selfie by The Man himself. Stanley Kubrick with his Leica III. A self-portrait from the late 1940's

Danny's shirts from The Shining
Tom's Driver License from Eyes Wide Shut

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