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Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project
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Alfred Hitchcock was a massively influential director in the horror and suspense genres of film, and much of his work is still today considered iconic. His style of directing is easily recognizable by his fans and has often been imitated in other films. I became intrigued by Hitchcock while I was studying abroad in England, where I took film classes that introduced me to some of his work. I watched many of his films on my own, outside of class, and began to recognize similar elements between his different films.
In an attempt to create an homage of sorts to Hitchcock and to learn more about filmmaking and screenwriting, I wrote a “Hitchcockian” screenplay adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s 1933 novel, Julius. Hitchcock already adapted three of du Maurier’s works to film: Jamaica Inn, Rebecca, and The Birds. Julius runs much in the same vein as Rebecca, a period piece with a dark mood and constant tension lurking behind every action and line of dialogue. Neither Julius nor Rebecca is much of a thriller, but instead a suspenseful mystery as a secret or truth is slowly revealed.
My hope for this project is that it carries on Hitchcock's legacy, as other writers and directors have done, in today's world. I want to remind audiences of a time when fear could be invoked through the subtlety of dialogue and simple images, rather than through gore or loud noises. Overall, I hope to pay tribute to Hitchcock, in a way, by writing a script for a film he might have directed.
Thompson, Marissa J., "Julius: A Study of Hitchcockian Film" (2014). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 7.