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