Elstree Unearths Snow from the Shining

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Elstree Unearths Snow from the Shining


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


Clearance work at Elstree Studios finds fake snow from the horror classic.

Work to reclaim land at Elstree Studios is nearing completion and contractors have found unusual things buried on the site - but no sign of the Millennium Falcon, which was rumoured to be buried up there.

However, workers have found numerous bags full of white powder. Following analysis, it was discovered that this white powder was fake snow. The last time fake snow was used in this area was for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining more than 34 years ago.

Jan Harlan, executive producer on The Shining said: "Part of the hotel front was re-built on the lot at Elstree Studios on scaffold; for the winter-scene a huge amount of artificial snow was added using formaldehyde based foam, which hardens when in contact with air, and was then covered with salt in order to obtain a realistic crystal effect. …

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