Thursday, February 25, 2010

Review - Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho 1960.
This film was amazing. I dont usually enjoy black and white films but this one kept me gripped. Im just going to list the main points about the film. Strange thing was I stopped taking notes about half way through 'cos I was so interested!

Female Lead - Marion;
Starts at a hotel/apartment it seemed as though we couldnt tell wether she was having an affair or dating the male character.
She is trusted by her boss at work with $40k to deposit into the bank.
She then feels like she is being 'followed' and 'watched' as she is driving home with the money.
She pulls over to sleep and is found by a police officer, who follows her for the majority of the film.
She trades her old car for a new one + $700.
Not being followed anymore she pulls into Bates Motel/Hotel.
Hides the money in her Newspaper.
As she is in the shower, a female figure comes in and stabs her to death.

Motel 'Clerk' - Norman;
Kinda Creepy
Treats Marion with care and respect when they meet
He starts to flirt with Marion
When Marion mentions putting his mother 'Someplace' (Mental Home) he turns mad/crazy
When Marion returns to her room to shower and change, he watches her through a hole in the wall.

'The Figure' - Killer;
First seen entering the bathroom to kill Marion
Second time she is seen she jumps out from the bedroom of Norman's Mother and kills the Private Inspector.


The environments are small 'ish and everything feels 'set' in place. The soundtrack adds tension at special times, one time she speaks to the police officer after which he starts following her.


Well theres a small break down of Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock.

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Thought I'd add this too. Hope you guys like :)

4 comments:

Jackie said...

Hi Dan - yes it is gripping, isn' it?!
Just one point though - Marion had actually stolen the money, when she started to act paranoid about being followed, which is why she was horrified to see her boss again in the street.

D Bright said...

Ahh I mis-interpreted it then, I thought she was being 'honest' at first, "I shall deposit it on my way home tonight" I thought that was genuine but then she ended up buying the car and running away I then twigged on. The notes were taken at that moment of the film, they were my 'thoughts' as such.

But yeah thanks for the input.

Dan.

Jackie said...

I think she was honest, until she had it sitting there, tempting her! Then the thought of being able to use it to set up home with her boyfriend, overcame her honesty, and the rest, as they say, is history!

tutorphil said...

As part of your forthcoming Animation project (Unit 5), you will be participating in a series of 2D animation workshops with Meg Bisineer – a sessional lecturer coming to us from the Royal College of Art.

Meg has asked that you equip yourselves with an ‘animator’s tool kit’. She recommends that you visit www.chromacolour.co.uk and purchase the following items BEFORE your first workshop on Friday 12th March.

Economy grade 60gsm A4 punched (1000 sheets – pre-punched) - £22.99

http://www.chromacolour.co.uk/store/animation_paper_economy.asp

3-Pin Plastic Pegbar - £2.99

http://www.chromacolour.co.uk/store/animation_pegbars.asp

The pre-punched paper and the pegbar are both necessary for the effective registration of your drawings. You will be working on your own individual A4 lightboxes – which the course is providing. Yes, it’s going to cost you some money, but the pre-punched paper and pegbar will save you a great deal of time and prep. See below for further requirements for your animator’s tool kit

1) Sketchbooks: at least A5 size or bigger.

2) Pencils: HB & 2B.

3) Eraser / Sharpeners.

4) A blue or red colour pencil.

5) A4 paper - 60 gsm (60-80 sheets)*

6) A strip of thick cardboard : 15cm x 2 cm*

7) Masking tape*

8) Paper knife*

9) Ruler*

*Note – these items are necessary if you DON’T order the specified supplies from Chromacolour – as Meg will show you a basic way to create an alternate means of registration.

In terms of paper cost – share a box with a classmate and split the costs. The weight of the paper is important (60gsm) because it is translucent, thus allowing you to see through it to your previous drawings.

Also – if you haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, you should get hold of the following

The Animator's Survival Kit : A manual of methods, principle and formulas for classical, computer, games, stop motion and internet animators: by Richard Williams, published by Faber and Faber.

The Fundamentals of Animation by Paul Wells, published by AVA Publishing.

Meg has designed a very thorough curriculum for your 4 workshops - be amazing!

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