2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock: Synthesis of Image and Music in Film
David G. Frick
Prof. Shirley McKamie, Faculty Mentor

Alfred Hitchcock was a creative master in all of his films. Even during his lifetime, he succeeded in changing the way people viewed movies and helped them to appreciate the artistic skill required for their production. Hitchcock mastered the technique of synthesizing art and music in his films. He discovered and created new ways to use each of these art forms independently to progress the story and convey precise feelings and ideas. By themselves, these innovations may have been enough to redefine the cinema industry, but Hitchcock went on to use the two arts together, demanding that they depend on and complement each other completely. Through examining his work in the 1960 film Psycho, viewers can clearly see and hear this perfect, suspenseful fusion of visual and aural art.

Keywords: synthesis, film, music, hitchcock, art, Psycho


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 2-3
Location: OP 2113
Time: 8:45

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