Online Response Post (due Tues. 1.24.17)

ONLINE POSTS – DUE: MONDAY, JAN. 24 BY NOON–the_birds_hitchcock_panosian_off

Read this article on Alfred Hitchcock, and view “one” of the documentaries linked here. Respond to these questions at the bottom of this page:

  1. After reading the article, what surprised/impressed/intrigued you the most about Hitchcock, his story, or influence?
  2. The documentaries have interviews with film historians, filmmakers, family members of “Hitch”, or Hitchcock himself. While watching your chosen documentary, share something from one of the interviews that fascinated you the most.
  3. What did you learn from the documentary that enhanced your appreciation for (or built on something from) the article?

Documentaries

Hitchcock: Living Famously-

 

 

Hitchcock: Master of Cinema – 

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19 thoughts on “Online Response Post (due Tues. 1.24.17)

  1. 1. After reading the article, what surprised/impressed/intrigued you the most about Hitchcock, his story, or influence?
    I was the most intrigued by the idea of using music as a supporting character and not just a background element of the film. I definitely noticed that in the film that I watched for my evaluation. Being a musician myself, I definitely believe that music has life and characteristics. One of the reasons I love film is because it incorporates so many different elements into the final product, and I love directors who use all of those elements to the fullest. From what I have seen, Hitchcock uses music to help set the tone for his films and create suspense.
    2. The documentaries have interviews with film historians, filmmakers, family members of “Hitch”, or Hitchcock himself. While watching your chosen documentary, share something from one of the interviews that fascinated you the most.
    I was fascinated with how far Hitchcock’s work has expanded. He has worked with the film industry in different countries and seemed to learn something different from each of those experiences. I tend to think of filmmakers as working in one language and in one country, so it’s pretty cool that Hitchcock went beyond that.
    3. What did you learn from the documentary that enhanced your appreciation for (or built on something from) the article?
    The interview expanded on how Hitchcock creates suspense by really thinking about the audience. I think many films that are considered very artistic are often not made to entertain the mass audience, but Hitchcock’s art lies in his ability to manipulate the audience’s emotions.

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  2. 1. From reading about how he got interested in the type of movies he did with the horror, suspenseful, psycho, types was from previous experiences really shocked me! I would have always thought that if that was from your past you would try to not remember that, rather than relive it through your movies. But, I guess he is trying to get a point across from when he was a young boy.
    2. When he talked about his move from Britain to Hollywood. He showed that there was so many film-makers were moving to Hollywood. He knew it was going to be a challenge, but he was ready for it.
    3. One thing that I learned from the documentary, was that in one of his movies he went from being an “amateur” to being a “professional”. He talked about how he did not realize about the audience age, and then he went into seeing what age group could watch the films.

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  3. 1. After reading the article, what surprised/impressed/intrigued you the most about Hitchcock, his story, or influence?
    I was surprised that Hitchcock based a lot of his films on his past experiences. His strict parents, in a way, helped to make him successful. I was also shocked to learn that he was knighted by the Queen of England. You have to be someone very important for that to happen!
    2. The documentaries have interviews with film historians, filmmakers, family members of “Hitch”, or Hitchcock himself. While watching your chosen documentary, share something from one of the interviews that fascinated you the most.
    I was surprised to see that Hitchcock travelled to many countries and knew many languages. His films weren’t all made in America. He took a risk and moved to Britain to expand his career, and it worked out well.
    3. What did you learn from the documentary that enhanced your appreciation for (or built on something from) the article?
    Hitchcock was able to work his way up the ladder to become a successful filmmaker. He met influential people who helped him gain the intellectual knowledge and experience to be the best director he could be. He used his films to appeal to the audience and to play o their emotions. This helped him to become the “grandfather of suspense”. He hated the passing of silent cinema, but he learned to work audio to his advantage to become legendary.

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  4. 1) After reading the article on Hitchcock I was mostly impressed by his background being an Advertising designer and writer for a communications company in 1915. This was a minor detail in the article but to me it tied so much into his power to capture what the audience wanted. Being a marketing major this was extremely interesting to me because sometimes I tend to look at advertising and marketing in a new sense because of newly introduced technology. Hitchcock proves that even in the early 1900’s he had the ability to reach out to the audience and understand what they wanted. The whole point of marketing is understanding your consumer and to Hitchcock he understood his audience and that is amazing to me. It was also interesting to me how his childhood shaped the themes of his movies “crime, punishment, wrong-doing, and mistreatment.”

    2) I watched the second documentary and what was interesting to me was what he said in the first five minutes of the documentary when asked if he enjoys “being scared.” He replied and said he does not like to be scared himself. This completely took me off guard because I just assumed someone who enjoys making films that scare an audience would enjoy being scared himself. I think this also shows his creativity necessary to write these films and direct them in a way that does scare the audience. He puts so much emphasis on his audience, even stating how his audience “pays to be scared” just the same way as people pay to ride roller coasters… for the thrill.

    3) I really appreciate Hitchcock’s ability to capture his audience. I know i’ve already stated this but being a marketing major I just think its amazing that someone in the early 1900’s was so powerful in knowing exactly how to shoot a scene to get a reaction. In the second documentary the woman interviewing him asked him about his theme of having female blondes in his films. She asked if having this reoccurring theme made the plot more suspenseful. He answered no and basically explained the element of suspense. It was not that he had blonde woman (possibly portraying innocence) in his films but it was that the element of suspense could only be achieved by giving the audience knowledge. If you instill fear in your audience by providing them knowledge then you have achieved suspense. I think that was the point that I really gained an appreciation for Hitchcock and his element of suspense.

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    1. It really is amazing that is understanding to “audience” went back to the days working with an ad agency.

      I, too loved his approach to fear. One would like to truly understand how to “scare” people, you would want to experience those same emotions. Interesting find there.

      Excellent observation relating to innocence and knowledge. Thanks K

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  5. 1. After reading the documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, what got my attention was that his movies came from what he feared most. He feared failure, he feared death. All of which, were inspired to become some of his biggest hit movies. Also, what threw me off guard was his interest in the actresses in his films, especially Ingrid Bergman. Did he have a romantic interest in her? He might have, but he did seem to enjoy having her in his movies.

    2. One of the interviews that got my interest the most was one with Hitchcock himself. He was asked who he was intending on scaring, men or women. He replied with women, because about 80% of the people in a movie theater are women. Which to me, was very fascinating. And if the movie theater was half men and half women, it would be because the men would ask their women which movie they wanted to see. So, I never really thought of it like that.

    3. What gave me a greater appreciation for this, is that Hitchcock’s wife helped him with the ideas for his movies. For example, if she thought it would work then she said, “Make that into a movie” If she didn’t think it would work, then he wouldn’t touch the project. So, he had help instead of just trusting his gut with that he thinks would be a good movie.

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    1. You will go on to discover throughout this semester that the “baggage” someone has (background, likes, dislikes, history, etc) can all play a role in what they create = fear of failure + fear of death = fodder for film stories.

      Today’s numbers for women watching films at the theatre is between 60-67% compared to the 80% during HItchcock’s interview. So even today, women drive the success of films over all.

      I love the fact that he and his wife were such an amazing team.

      Thanks so much

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  6. 1. His upbringing was very interesting in relation to the themes that he addressed in his films. The topics of crime and punishment he showed in his work were a product of his own experience and through that a new lens was created. Many times, art is seen merely as art and we forget that there is a person behind the works who created them. A person whose experiences shaped said work and made it what it is.
    2. I think that the way he analyzed his work and became his own critic was interesting . He spoke of his film “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and how his first and second take differed. He said that he was not “audience conscious” in his first take and that he lost sight about what the most important scenes were because he focused on his actor rather than the story climax. This idea of audience consciousness also carried on to how he shot certain scenes and how he only let audiences see half of a scenario just to hold them in suspense. This shows that he not only grew in his craft through his work but that he also considered his audience and made skillful exclusions to keep them interested.
    3. I feel like the magnitude of his works didn’t quite hit me until I watched the documentary. He was a tremendous figure to film and he completely changed how movies were approached—especially thrillers and horror movies. In the documentary a reporter mentioned that there could be an entire course dedicated to the Hitchcockian method while for other famous directors only a few lectures would be needed. He sought out to try new approaches to film and those bold strokes stuck to the tapestry of cinema.

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    1. Love your comment relating to the humanity behind the art -excellent. ‘

      When filmmakers go beyond the “art for art’s sake” and explore the intersection of “art and audience expectation” it can be challenging. But successful (financially) talents can find a way to create something they and their audience love.

      He truly was a pioneer. Thank you Stefany

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  7. 1. What impressed me the most was the fact that his logo, itself, stood out to people. The article said it stood out to people such as the Apple logo or the McDonalds arches, which is a big thing to be compared to. Another thing that impressed me, was how well known he was in America before he even stepped foot here. Your name has to hold a heavy weight if people from another country are paying attention to work, especially in those times.

    2. What stood out to me was how he was willing to do anything for a film. Get up and move different places, hoping to find something and make great a film. Traveling back then wasn’t like it is now, it wasn’t as easy to get around. So the fact that he would take those bold chances says a lot about the person he was.

    3. Hitchcock’s focus on his audience was something very important to him. He cared about that so much and I think that that should be a main focus in someones art work. Hitchcock wanted to keep his audience on edge, in his film and control their emotions as well.

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  8. 1. After reading the article, what surprised/impressed/intrigued you the most about Hitchcock, his story, or influence? I think I was most intrigued by Hitchcock’s years before fame and success. For starters, he was born on Friday 13th. It is like he was already born a great horror film maker. I think it is pretty cool that someone that grew up the way he did, uses his childhood experiences as an outlet to make great films. Some people that grow up in such strict homes rebel and end up not being successful, although that is not all cases. Another I was impressed with was that he started workong in communications. As a public relations major, it is cool to see that even though he decided to go a different direction with his career, communications and adverstising was something that was relevant to that day and age back then.
    2. After watching the first documentary, all in all, I think that Hitchcock was just such a fasinating person. The fact that he could already watch a whole film in his head, he knew where he wanted the scene to end before it even got to the editor. Also, now that I have studied and watched his films I know understand that path he paved for hundreds of movies that have been made after him. Without him there may not have been such suspensful movies becasue I personally do not think there is someone with the creativity and mind that Hitchcock had.
    3. I don’t think I really took advantage of Hitchcock’s talent until I watched the documentary and heard other director’s and expert’s opinion on what they thought of him. They really put into perspective on how great and smart he really was. He was one of the few, or even the only person I have heard of that was willing to put their personal fears into film and not only his fears but, many of his films were started through the experiences he went through as a child which to me, is something so personal many do not do it.

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  9. Tyra -You never know … your PR career could set you up as a filmmaking legend. 🙂

    I appreciated his attention to detail, planning. It is amazing to me as well that he could visualize each shot, each scene before it was ever shot.

    Thanks

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  10. TJ Wilkerson:
    What impressed me the most about Alfred Hitchcock in the article was how how he was such a unique movie making genius. What I mean by that is that I loved how in his movies he would kill the main character of the movies which you don’t barely see anymore and just takes the watcher’s mind for a loop on how some of the story lines would just be a decoy from the main story line. His movies are very intriguing to watch and the fact that he directed 50 successful films is outstanding!
    In the second documentary that I watched, I found it interesting how despite the fact that this man made the creepiest movies, couldn’t stand to watch scary movies himself. I found that very interesting cause if you look at his best horror movies that he he made like “Psycho” and “The Birds”, it shocks me that he hates being scared.
    Really and truly, what gave my outstanding appreciation for Hitchcock was learning how differently he directed movies from other film makers in a unique way. I appreciated learning about the art style Hitchcock used in his movies. It was very inspiring to know that the most peculiar films are at their best work in the filming industry if that makes sense. I loved reading the article and getting to know more about Hitchcock more.

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