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  1. I agree with the replies. I also do online courses and the preparation is the key to success. That, along with rich-media and other support material, like instructor notes, makes the whole experience worth-while. Another thing to note is that there are over 16K students in the course so managing the material and the course structure while the course is running is a massive task. Congrats on a well done course.
  2. 1) Vertigo is not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies for 2-reasons; First it is tediously slow and second I'm not a big fan of psychological thrillers. That said, the opening credits set the tone of the movie for both action (which is slow) and music (which is intense). Saul Bass sets the standard that other movie title designers follow with the use of color, animation, music, and the inclusion of one of the principal actress Kim Novak. An example of other movies with "telling" credit sequences are the James Bond movies with the credits designed by Maurice Binder, who designed Dr. No, then many of the later 007 movies starting with Thunderball. A similar circular (eye like) theme shows up in the credits of You Only Line Twice; go to YouTube to view some of these 007 sequences. 2) That stated the eye and the circular iris-like animation are the most compelling objects in the credits. 3) The music, coupled with the visual aspects of the sequence, makes the total package; the music being the primary lead. View Vertigo's title sequence silent (music muted) and it falls flat; but listen to the music without the video aspect and the "thriller" feeling still comes through. The title sequence is a complete package, just like the 007 title sequences.
  3. 1. Describe how this opening is different from the multiple opening scenes you have seen in the Daily Doses from the British silent and/or sound period? The opening is different in that it's not in a public setting; the setting is the present immediately followed with a return to the past. There's no humor or interaction with people, but instead there's a narration that sets the tone of the story. The other thing notable was the music that was more luxurious than the British films of the 1030's. 2. What are the Hitchcock "touches" in this opening that help you identify this as a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock? The "touches" are perhaps the subjective point of view during the narration and the introduction of the main characters with them confronting each other in a rather short an abrupt exchange of words; humor is definitely not present. 3. How does this opening sequence use Manderley--the house itself--as a kind of character in the story? What affect does the flashback structure and the voiceover narration have on your experience of this scene? The house seems sinister and sets the viewer in a mood to beware of the surroundings in the photoplay as not being very friendly. The use of voiceover reinforces the sinister nature of the opening sequence.
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