Early Saul Bass Poster Sketches for ‘The Shining’

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Designers are often faced with demanding clients, and we can’t think of a bigger perfectionist an artist would be rattled to impress other than Stanley Kubrick. It’s a well-known fact that Kubrick put actors and crew through their paces, often shooting dozens of takes for just one scene. It looks like Kubrick was no different when it came to the posters for his iconic horror film, The Shining. Famed designer Saul Bass, who created the original poster for the movie, worked with Kubrick to perfect the artwork. The Fox is Black noted: “I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.” The greatest parts about the images are the notes Bass (or Stanley?) made and the fish doodle next to Bass’ signature. Take a closer look in our gallery.

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass

Image credit: Saul Bass