Peek into Stanley Kubrick's Editing Room with His Daughter's Photos

August 11, 2014
Source: Twitter

Stanley Kubrick & His Daughter

Over the last couple of years a number of extensive, impressive behind-the-scenes photos from almost all of Stanley Kubrick's films have surfaced online, ending up in complete galleries (see this one for 2001) showing the entirety of production. While we've all poured over these photos, a brand new set of shots are appearing online thanks to tweets from Kubrick's own daughter, Vivian Kubrick. Tweeting with the name @ViKu1111, she's been posting a series of B&W editing room shots, which she says came about because her father gave her a Nikkormat camera for a Christmas present in 1974 and she went photo crazy. Take a look.

For those doubting whether this twitter account is real, her shots are one-of-a-kind and they're all the kind you'd only see from a close family member. Her profile says: "Vivian Kubrick is the daughter of film director Stanley Kubrick, she wrote the film score for Full Metal Jacket and made The Making of The Shining documentary" (which she is credited for). There's even a shot of her in the mixing studio during Full Metal Jacket post-production working on the score. While her twitter is mostly activism and politics, on August 9th she started posting these B&W shots of her and "Dad", mostly working in his editing room in his garage.

Here are some of the best shots that she has posted of Stanley Kubrick working - tweet captions included:

So, Kubrick was actually a big cat lover? That's a deadly combination for the internet - Kubrick + cats. I love her line in that last photo, about what she is being shown. "My favorite picture: he was explaining for1st time, how each frame was 1 picture, & how the illusion of film worked." It's the kind of photo and statement that makes you pause for a second and just wonder, "man, what would it have been like to grow up with Stanley Kubrick as your Dad?" Crazy. I can only imagine the different worlds she experienced, and how much she learned from her father. Even the fact he gave her a Nikkormat camera speaks about how much he wanted her to start capturing the sights around her, even if that was mostly his editing room in their garage.

These may not be the best photos (even she admits: "I took these, they're kinda crappy, but here they are!") but they are cool to see, and I'm glad she's sharing them. Following Vivian Kubrick at @ViKu1111 for more.

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  • woot! These are super cool.
  • cobrazombie
    Nice photo album.
    He looks like a sweet father. That studio is cool.
  • The gritty days of hand cutting a film. Wow. And with incredible Kubrik photos. Too bad there wasn't a lunar landing snuck in there! 😉
  • rare stuff like this makes me smile :)
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