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About HaleyVanHorn

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    College student with a passion for all things Classic Hollywood.
  1. 1) Psycho opens with title design by Saul Bass and music by Bernard Herrmann. This is their third collaboration for Hitchcock, including Vertigoand North by Northwest. How does the graphic design and the score introduce the main themes of this film? The score and graphic design set the entire mood of the film. The haunting vibe of the score followed by the almost cryptic graphic design prepare the viewer for the journey the film will take them on. 2) As the titles end, we have three shots of Phoenix, Arizona, and a very specific day, date, and time: “FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH” and “TW
  2. 1) Describe what you think this film will be about simply from the sounds and images in these opening credits. Even if you have seen the film, try to focus on these sounds and images themselves and “the story” (or if not "the story," the mood and atmosphere they are establishing) that this sequence is communicating to the audience. From the opening credits alone, you'd almost think it was a horror movie. The score paired with the mood and atmosphere the images are establishing leave the viewer feeling almost frightened. 2) In your own estimation, what is the single most powerful i
  3. 1) How would you describe the opening camera shot of this film? What is Hitchcock seeking to establish in this single shot that opens the film? Whose vantage point is being expressed in this shot, given that Jeff has his back to the window? I would describe the opening camera shot of this film as the formal introduction to the film and it's primary players. We get to see shots of most of the apartments and their residence who we will continue to see throughout the film. I think Hitchcock is seeking to establish the setting for the events that will follow. I think the vantage point being expre
  4. In how many ways does Hitchcock play with or visually manifest the metaphor of “criss cross” or “criss-crossing” in this introductory sequence. [For those who haven’t seen the film yet, the idea of “criss cross” is central idea in this film, a theme Hitch sets up from the opening frames of this film] Be specific. Hitch covers the criss cross metaphor in various ways in the opening sequence. The train tracks, the taxis, walking to the train, and the shoes are the main examples I noticed. Even in this brief sc
  5. 1. In your own words, please describe the effect of watching the POV dolly shots / POV tracking shots in this scene? The POV dolly/tracking shots gave the viewer a deeper understanding of what the characters were feeling in the scene. Whether that be the look on Wakely's face, or that of the woman doing the accusing, we could sense the tension and feeling each character was portraying in a deeper fashion. 2. Why do you think Hitchcock uses the technique of a POV tracking shot? What does it add to his visual storytelling? I think Hitchcock uses the technique of the POV tracking sho
  6. 1. Do you see the beginnings of the "Hitchcock touch" in this sequence? Please provide specific examples. Upon first watch of "Pleasure Garden", I noticed the signature Hitchcock point of view shots that are so famous in his work. Whether that be the point of view of the men watching the women on stage, or the woman fumbling for money after it had been stolen, we see the emotion and can tell what the characters are thinking simply through a point of view shot. We also see the infamous focus on blonde women from the jump! I've really enjoyed seeing traces of my favorite "Hitchcock touch" t
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