How Was Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ Director Influenced By ‘The Shining’?

Director Mark Romanek has been influenced by Stanley Kubrick, Brian de Palma, and now, Taylor Swift.

When Taylor Swift announced she had three surprises as part of her epic livestream, there was one little detail that may have gotten lost in the shuffle: her video for “Shake It Off” was directed by none other than Mark Romanek.

Wait, who? For those versed in movie ephemera, and music video history, Romanek’s involvement in “Shake It Off” is nearly as exciting as the announcement of her new album, “1989.” But for those not in the know, here’s a little primer on why Romanek matters – and how he made “Shake It Off” look so darn good.

“Static” (1985)

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