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Media Language - Psycho

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Year 10 GCSE Media Studies Coursework assignment - Media Language Film: Psycho Genre: suspense, horror, thriller Staring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gavin Director: Alfred Hitchcock Producer: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Robert Bloch (novel) Joseph Stefano Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: John L. Russell Release Date: March 8, 1961 Alfred Hitchcock decided to make his film in black and white as he thought it would be more sinister, he also believed it was too bloody to screen in colour. It was a low budget film, only costing $800,000 to make yet has earned more then $40,000,000. Hitchcock used the crew from his TV series to save money and time. Alfred bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for just$9,000. To keep the ending a secret, Alfred bought as many copies as possible of the novel. It is still said today that 'The master's most notorious film is still terrifying after so many years'. In this essay I have been asked to closely analyse two scenes from Psycho trying to use proper media language. The two scenes need to be analysed in terms of: *Mise en scene- this includes: lighting, costume, scenery, location, actors, acting styles, facial expressions, the proximity of one actor to anther and their posture. ...read more.

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This scene is a close/ medium shot all the way through and sometimes a long shot, only when it shows the view of the road. The camera movement and angle is still as it is focused on Marion's face, and again probably because she's thinking. The way the scene has been edited is to show time, dissolves- indicating long period of time has past, and cuts- indicating shorter period of time passing. All the shots of the road are shown through Marion's point of view. This interests me because when it shows a long shot of the road it physically tells us it's a long journey and metaphorically that there's a long journey ahead for Marion as she's got lots to do with the money and how is she going to stay calm. Also when it starts to rain and we see the road through Marion's eyes it's all blurry and she can't see where she's going. This gives the viewers' the impression that Marion's vision is blurred, not only of the road but metaphorically the world too! Second scene The next scene I have been asked to analyse is the last scene when Norman is in the cell all snuggled up in a blanket while the voice of his dead mother is going through his head. ...read more.

Conclusion

The editing in this scene has been done efficiently as the zooming in effect makes us feel as if we were going into Norman's mind. Similarities in the two characters Norman and Marion are a lot alike, as in character- wise and look-wise. Lighting and make-up plays a major part as it emphases them to look more alike. Both normal yet disturbed, double lives. Both of them have dark eyes and eyebrows, bird like nose. Marion having a bird like nose draws her more to Norman as Norman loves to stuff birds indicating she'll become trapped like one of Norman's birds. Trapped, another similarity, they're both trapped physically and metaphorically, they also have trapped voices in their heads. Both characters' reveal their thoughts, which show that they are leaving light into darkness. They are guilty and do show it yet they still have a feel of satisfaction with what they have done, I think this because both characters' leave us with a smirk on their face when their thoughts come to an end. The director must have chosen the names of the two characters with much care because Norman, Marion nearly an anagram. Norman plays the psycho killer and his mind is fragmental- not normal-yet Norman's name sounds a lot like normal. Farhana Begum (Lima) 10y Media Assignment - Media Language Psycho ...read more.

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