Kubrick is known for his unorthodox use of shots and attention to detail, and Alex’s shot requires extra preparation.
In one Interview with “Sight & Sound” magazine Since 1972, Kubrick has discussed how he performed the suicide attempt scene. As with most of his ideas, the director needed very specific supplies to create the scene he envisioned. Item required in this case? A Newman Sinclair watch mechanism camera. “It’s a beautiful camera and it’s built like a battleship,” says Kubrick.
But even its heavy camera couldn’t survive a drop without some sort of protection. So Kubrick’s team used polystyrene boxes to create an 18-inch protective layer around the camera, with a slice out for the lens. With the camera fully armored, Kubrick describes what happened next:
“Then we threw the camera off a roof. To get it to the lens to land first, we had to do this six times and the camera survived all six drops. On the last one, it did. landed right on the lens and smashed it. No harm to the camera. This, despite the fact that polystyrene literally blows away every time due to impact.”
It’s ironic that Kubrick, who isn’t afraid to damage the actor in any way he needs to (including seriously injuring Malcolm McDowell), managed to capture the scene without harming the camera. If he had given such consideration to all the people he worked with, perhaps Kubrick would have been better regarded not only as a director, but as a human being.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1025887/a-pivotal-clockwork-orange-scene-called-for-stanley-kubrick-tossing-a-camera-off-the-roof/ An orange shot of the Pivotal Clockwork Machine called for Stanley Kubrick Throwing the camera off the roof