"To Your Heart"
Hannah M. Fuller

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Savva Madar

Hitchcockian Film Festival
Various, curated by Catherine Braun


hitchcock outlineHitchcockian Film Festival

Curated by: Catherine Braun

Featuring films by: Ruth Albright, Armani Borden, Andrea Dean, Christy Horton, Anishi Patel, Samantha Lodge, Erin Rhoades


English 4578 is an upper division course that focuses on a different topic each semester it is offered. Spring 2017, Catherine Braunís 4578 focused on the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Instead of having students write about films, Dr. Braun required them to demonstrate their understanding of course concepts through film production. Students composed three very short movies and one longer movie that was a recreation of a scene from a Hitchcock film.

[NOTE: Only one video from each category is embedded on this page; be sure to check out the rest by clicking on the accompanying links.]

Very Short Movies

Each Very Short Movie (VSM) was designed to have students practice the filming techniques discussed in class, with an emphasis on using them to create meaning for the viewer. In each VSM, students were required to tell a story within 30-45 seconds. At least one of the films had to be done in black and white, and at least one had to be done in color (that choice was up to each author).

1. Shots and Angles: In this film, students practiced using different shots and angles to build suspense or create meaning/symbolism. They were required to use at least three different kinds of shots and three different kinds of angles.

Andrea Dean: Swimmin' With the Kitties
Christy Horton: When Food Goes Bad
Sam Lodge: Betrayal

2. Lighting: In this film, students practiced using lighting to create suspense or meaning/symbolism. They were required to use three different lighting setups and a shadow.

Andrea Dean: The Devilís In the Details
Christy Horton: Abduction
Sam Lodge: Whatís In the Woods?

3. Moving Camera & Sound: In this film, students practiced using moving camera and sound techniques symbolically. This film was required to have both diegetic and non-diegetic sound, at least one instance of which should be symbolic or used to create suspense. This film was also required to have at least one moving camera technique used symbolically or to create suspense.

Andrea Dean: No Strings On Me
Christy Horton: Wrong Side of the Bed
Sam Lodge: Whoís There?


Samantha Young
Affair: https://youtu.be/1I4o6auP97I
Suspicion: https://youtu.be/uIFXS3MNF5g
Next: https://youtu.be/5REnvff6GDo

Erin Rhoades, Cousins From Hell
Beginnings: https://youtu.be/uTMbkAiJ_SE
Reloaded: https://youtu.be/o8wrimBwgXc
The Final Chapter: https://youtu.be/a7rgeiZCtrU

Armani Borden, Stolen Codes
Part 1: https://youtu.be/rGZnmNjuUZY
Part 2: https://youtu.be/TooYyy8bEqM
Part 3: https://youtu.be/oQTOPYT6TJE

Ruth Albright
Part 1: https://youtu.be/P6T5WiSUbuA
Part 2: https://youtu.be/GeHOMYbdN2E
Part 3: https://youtu.be/0tWHfVyGUKQ

Scene Recreation

For this assignment students were tasked with recreating a 3-4 minute segment from one of the Hitchcock films screened in class. They were required to recreate the shots, angles, lighting, dialogue, and camera work as faithfully as possible, though they were allowed to re-interpret the settings, costuming, acting, and mise-en-scene as needed (remaining faithful to the spirit of the original).

Shower scene from Psycho (Ruth Albright)

Mrs. DeWinder Confronts Mrs. Danvers, scene from Rebecca (Andrea Dean, Christy Horton, Anishi Patel)

When John Met Judy, scene from Vertigo (Samantha Lodge) https://youtu.be/2Patpuqy9lE

Hangover scene from Notorious (Erin Rhoades)

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