"Not content to simply label the film as "bad," some fans have dismissed the film outright with as many synonyms for "dull" as they can muster."
In an interview with Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock explains that the birds were mostly to establish Norman's skill with taxidermy, and that birds are a somewhat of a voyeuristic species, which is characteristic of Norman Bates. If anything, they're a symbol of the dead mother, who is also "full of sawdust".
I really enjoy the original content, but I'd rather see them build up the catalogue of other films. I guess it's alright, FilmStruck will be here soon enough and won't need Netflix for movies anymore.
Get rid of the whole Rathtar sequence from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, replace it with a sequence where the rival gang members have an exciting shoot-out with Han Solo and company, ending with the rival gangs accidentally shooting eachother. Han, Chewie, Rey, BB8, and Finn all escape the same way as is. Not sure if it's better, but I think it's more inline with Han Solo's character.
Hell, I learned on Pinnacle Studio back in Mini DV days. That experience as a young teenager was able to carry on into Final Cut, and eventually, the preferred Adobe Premiere.
You can use iMovie and learn quite a bit about putting the pieces together before you get more sophisticated. It's not a "professional" program by most means, but I was able to cut quite a few videos for my workplace on a computer that only had iMovie.
I love that he edits with the sound off.
I edit with the headphones on halfway, with the volume fairly low. This helps me focus on the visual rhythm and not get caught up on sound issues during the first few edits. Great article.