Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

Don’t The Behind the Scenes Pics of the Day ever stop migrating?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Long live Hitch! No, not Will Smith, the real Hitch!

Today we have a fantastic, super high-res shot from the making of The Birds. I think I’ve seen this one before, but never in such resolution. It’s a fantastically composed photo that has everything you could want in a BTS picture from The Birds… Hitchcock, Tippi, sets and a few hundred evil winged motherfuckers.

I’ve covered The Birds here, so I won’t hit repeat on my adoration of this film, but I will reiterate that The Birds is the movie that got me into Hitchcock as a kid. I was fascinated by the bleak tone and was totally sucked in to tension created by Hitch throughout the entire film. In an odd way of all of Hitchcock’s work this one feels the most like Stephen King to me… if this had been set in Maine instead of the Bay Area you’d have me convinced King was a time traveler.

Thanks to Rajneel Singh for sending along such a nice huge high-res image. Click to embiggen and get the full scope of this pic!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is going to steal your balloons.

Follow Me On Twitter

Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • June 29, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Great fuckig pic.

    by claxdog

  • June 29, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by claxdog

  • June 29, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Have never seen it. Is it out on blu?

    by hydroxicut

  • June 29, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I don't like birds

    by jim

    they poop on my balcony which makes me wonder whose job it was on the film to clean the bird poop off of the equipment.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by jim

    American Werewolf in London? or Up?

  • June 29, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Tippi Hedren was a stalker

    by john

    nutcase in Birds. And Rod Taylor shoulda been a bigger movie star. The dude had everything

  • June 29, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    A great film

    by Baryonyx

    Will have to watch it again soon.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    How cool is this pic!

    by Mennen

  • June 29, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    God, she was beautiful. So much hotter than her daughter. It's too bad we didn't get to see her vacuuming while topless.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Tippi Hedren named Melanie Griffiths after her Birds character.

    by Smashing

    I love this movie, I used to live in E17 in London near the Hitchcock hotel and where he lived, in the park in the summer huge flocks of birds would fly over making the same noise the birds in The Birds did and I used to shudder with nerdgasms. There was hundereds of them and the sky would go grey, it was cool to see and I always just assumed he got the idea for the movie from seeing the scary ass gulls. That line "don't they ever stop migrating" is a corker, are they women referring to men and there wily ways? This was the first movie I learned about subtext from and went on to fall in love with Rear Window and the rest of his amazeballs movies. Cool pic.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I had to kill The Behind The Scenes Pic Of The Day....

    by Dick Jones

    ...for making a mistake. And that mistake being ruining my imagination now knowing how this shot came to be. On another note, can't wait for tomorrow's Batman pic!

  • June 29, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Ladies and Gentlemen.......

    by david starling

    Two birds sitting on a Perch, and one says to the other: "I can smell fish" Boomboom!!

  • June 29, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Batman or American Werewolf In London tomorrow?

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • June 29, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    The little girl there - Lambert from Alien

    by Valaquen

    Right? It's Veronica Cartwright?

  • June 29, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by Ironhelix

    I was just going to say that.

  • June 29, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Took a day trip to Bodega Bay...

    by darthliquidator

    ....while vacationing in San Francisco. Bodega Bay diner is completely rebuilt (now looks more like a Denny's)...but is adorned with big painting-sized stills from the film....I so wanted to sit at the end of the bar like Karl Swenson and jovially call out "It's the end of the world.."

  • June 29, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Burton's Batman tomorrow?

    by alienindisguise

    That is a great pic and what's super cool is that Hitch is right there in the bird seed and bird shit with 'em. Awesome!

  • June 29, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Veronica Cartwright

    by King_Knut

    might be the most bullied actress in Hollywood. Between this, a jugful of blood in the eye in Alien, and getting beaten to death while vomiting cherry stones in The Witches of Eastwick... someone give her a medal.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    This movie really pulled me in as a kid.

    by Nerd Rage

    I need to watch it as an adult to see if it is still as powerful.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Melanie Griffith was 6 years old when The Birds was released. She would play on the set.

  • Matthew! MATTHEW...!

  • June 29, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Cut off from my previous post, huh.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    How did they get all those birds to stand still?

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Movie magic.

  • June 29, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's 1941

    by proevad

    was his "The Birds". It's Hitch's worst movie. I've seen it 3 times. Tried to like it because of my love for the old master--but it sucks.

  • June 29, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    The Birds is worse than Topaz, Family Plot or The Trouble With Harry?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • June 29, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Trouble With Harry is a great dark comedy

    by Lovecraftfan

    Of course if you're not into dry and twisted humor it wouldn't be your thing.

  • June 30, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Family Plot was goofy

    by proevad

    but entertaining. The Trouble With Harry reference is from the freaking moon. It's funny as hell. Topaz was very suspenseful. The Birds is far far worse than any of these three. Family Plot would be second worse--I at least understand while you mentioned that one.

  • June 30, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Great movie from a great short story

    by SmokingRobot

    A classic. Wonderful cast.

  • June 30, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    The Birds Is Coming!

    by The Bear

    Great movie! I remember, as a kid, the big freak out that kept me up nights: Tippi walking into that room and seeing the body with the eyes plucked out. Zowie! My kiddy bladder did a pogo jump! Now, as an adult, I love the direction (of course). Especially that scene from way, way up in the sky, looking down on the town...and then we see one gull fly into view, wings wide open...and then another...and another....and another... Great stuff!

  • June 30, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Fantastic photo - and Tippi Hedren was outraegeously hot

    by DiamondJoe

  • June 30, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Great movie but the ending SUCKED.

    by KilliK

    The first time i saw the ending of the film,i was with a "what the fuck?" expression on my face. it is one of my fav Hitchcock movie but with a very disappointing ending.

  • June 30, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    btw this photo is staged

    by KilliK

    cool though nevertheless

  • June 30, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    A long time ago

    by thepoohguy

    I heard that there was only one live bird that they used on the set for filming and Hitch was able to duplicate it through FX. All the rest of them were fake. Don't know if it is true or not. On the flip side, I really hated this movie. I wasn't freaked out by it and thought the ending was just dumb. I guess I prefer for my suspense movies to have purpose behind it, not just nature goes crazy. Oh, and I wonder if we will ever get a BTS pic of the best NON-Hitchcock Hitchcock movie...Charade. Now that is a great suspenseful movie.

  • June 30, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Big Fan!

    by 2for2true

    One of the great scare fest movies of my youth...but so tame by today's standards. I can see why most everyone born after 1978 would consider this dull.

  • June 30, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Amazing how standards have changed

    by Truxton Spangler

    The only person on that set who wouldn't be overdressed today is the guy sweeping up the bird poop.

  • June 30, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Tippi Hedren, my anti-remake hero

    by Scott

    From Wikipedia In 2007, Variety reported that Naomi Watts would star in Universal's remake of the film. The remake would also star George Clooney and would be directed by Casino Royale director Martin Campbell. The production would be a joint venture by Platinum Dunes and Mandalay Pictures.[8] Later in 2007, original star Tippi Hedren publicly stated her opposition to the remake, saying, "Why would you do that? Why? I mean, can’t we find new stories, new things to do?"

  • June 30, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    The Birds is worse than Under Capricorn?

    by jim

    Egads, that movie bored me stupid (I'm still recovering).

  • June 30, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    You can pretty much guess...

    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    ...What Hitch is thinking of doing with that feather, while Ogling Ms. Hedren.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, Under Capricorn sucked

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And Trouble With Harry I just found kind of weak and meandering. Aside from Bernard Herrmann's witty score and the hotness of young Shirley McClaine, it just kind of lays there (much like the titular corpse). Hitch was brillian at sticking black humor into his thrillers, but this attempt at outright comedy just fell flat for me.

  • June 30, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Yep, the comment about anyone born before 1978....

    by Damned if I can login spot on. For those of us who were born before '78, this film was tremendously frightening. I recall seeing it around 1970 at my grandmother's house. All the kids watching that day were utterly TERRIFIED. After 40 years I can still see the eyeless corpse. Tame now? Oh yeah, what with torture porn and all. But back in the day this one was responsible for lotsa pants pissin' and nightmares.

  • June 30, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Under Capricorn

    by proevad

    is a better film than The Birds if only for Ingrid Bergman's great performance. Most people don't like that film because it's not a thriller. Not fair in my opinion to shit on it because it's not the type of film he usually made.

  • June 30, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by RottNElsewhere

    Practically as scary as PSYCHO, perhaps moreso with the ending they left it with. What almost makes it Hitchcock's most frightening film (vs. PSYCHO) is it hasn't the humor PSYCHO has (there is some there, such as the title with regard to what the film is really about). PSYCHO is actually one of the funniest, vintage jet-black comedies around (beyond the dark ticklings say of something like SUNSET BLVD.). The BIRDS has moments of say sly wit, but hasn't that same sort of humor if any. BIRDS isn't about "nature going bonkers" unless of course you take the title (and its usual meaning) literally, at face value. Anyone who misses the dramatic whirlpool constituting BIRDS either had the sweetest, lil ol' mother in history or was hatched in a fucking test tube. Its almost far more accurate in its depiction of motherly manipulation (or parental damage) than PSYCHO; it even has the supernaturalism (inexplicable) manifesting the sort of raw emotions non-supernaturally manifest in Norman, which dispells any mystery behind him or his actions. He's a little kid wrecked by his mother (who he ferociously wrecked in return, then assumed her albeit paranoid personae out of guilt, its triggering mechanism a deadly combination of sexual arousal [Norman's] and fear [Norma's]). Norman is essentialy a "bad little boy." Jessica Tandy's character while under the guise of a tortured yet strong (though humanly vulnurable) matriarch, literally eviscerates any "competition" for the affections of her son. Of course in a sunny, perfect world that should be all - but naturally (for various reasons) Tandy's character or who/what she represents, can't give her son physical love (or isn't supposed to given the environment of civilization). Naturally her son seeks this somewhere else, for all its games and maneuverings. Momma don't like that (the same sort of fear and control Norman's "Norma" operates by, just not as obviously murderous - Norma attacks Norman's objects of desire or any threat; Tandy's BIRDS will kill rivals for her son's affection - but "her" Birds also attack everyone in sight). Explanation (or the sort of "professional explanation/opinion" dictated by the psychiatrist at the end of PSYCHO) isn't necessary, and where the end of THE BIRDS as it is actually works. It isn't supposed to be over. Tandy's character's mechanations (supernatural or otherwise) have seen success for now: her family has been reconstructed, with the main rival for her son's (physical) affection beaten down to the level of near-catatonic sister or dull pet. There is always the idea of course Hedron's character will recover -elsewhere. But for all intents and purposes, that lovely bird was caged by all the other birds (or Big Momma Bird) in the flock. Like PSYCHO, it isn't over. But where PSYCHO "cages" old bird Norma/Norman (and its a merely matter of time before anyone releases him for additional PSYCHO movies), THE BIRDS never ends. Just a lull between storms (or the eye of a hurricaine maybe). There haven't been any crimes committed in THE BIRDS, if even any "blame" is ascribed to the phenomenon (there isn't). Like with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, heavily influenced by Hitchcock (BIRDS and PSYCHO), there is no ending (or "comfy" ending). In part that's what's so damn scary about BIRDS. I'm torn a bit between the ending though as it is, and the ending that was written/boarded, which is basically the same open ending - though we get to tour the wrecked town of Bodega Bay on the way outta town (radio over telling of attacks elsewhere). While it would've been interesting to see that/hear that, the point has pretty much been made (talk about tidying up those endings a bit). In comparison, oddly enough the end as it is offers a bit more "glimmer of hope" that things will return to normal. It sort of (again by comparison, actual ending to script ending) in a way lessens the magnitude (or ferocity) of Tandy's character's emotions, but again the point has been made. No reason anything else is needed other than a bit of a drive through bird-infested territory toward that sunshine peeking through. That IS Hitchcock's "comfy" ending! A similar type of gripe with the ending of ROSEMARY'S BABY exists. I've met people who absolutely hate that film due to its fuzzy ending. What the baby looks exactly like, or whether all the BIRDS drop dead simultaneously (or Norman gets locked away for life for real, or executed) would wreck what these (psychological) films are actually about. And open-ending gripes? In this day and age of assembly-line franchise pics (nothing new other than in its efficiency), where you just can't wait for the next (rehash) sequel or prequel or reimagining/etc. (and its all that way by design), not to coin a phrase or beat the hackneyed horse and all but - Gimme a break!

  • June 30, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    DukeRoberts my source is a ******* lair.

    by Smashing

    I'm a punch her in the mouth when I see her, I kid, maybe her character was named after her daughter mayhaps?

  • June 30, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Don't know what to tell you man, I'm not a troll. I just really feel it's not a very good movie. Main reason being Tippi Hedren. I think she's horrible in it, and aside from one or two technically impressive sequences--I find it a huge bore and always have.

  • June 30, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by Continentalop

    You ever see it in a theater with a crowd? I saw it and PSYCHO a couple of years ago at the Egyptian in Hollywood, and a large number of younger (probably college age) people were there who had never seen it before. Let me tell you, it held up. People were squirming nervously during the BIRDS and totally into it, and they all jumped a couple of times (pretty high) during PSYCHO. Some movies are just made to be played on the big screen. A lot of Hitches are like that.

  • June 30, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    I always wonder what The Birds would be like with a Herrmann score

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The film works like gangbusters sans music (aside from that maddening "Riggeldy-raggeldy-MEOW-MEOW-MEOW!" chant in the schoolyard), but imagine what Herrmann could have done with it. I know he worked as a sound design consultant on the film, but a Herrmann score for The Birds would have kicked all sorts of ass.

  • June 30, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    Point well made. The only Hitchcock I've seen in on the big screen was Family Plot and I think I was 5 or 6 years old--so I don't count that one either really lol

  • June 30, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    ok ok

    by RottNElsewhere

    Maybe Hedron is a little plastic-y and its a little hard to differentiate her character from beginning to end (she's no John Gavin, that's for sure), and yes I'm usually full of shit (or something, liquid or vaporous), its still classic Hitch and classic horror.

  • June 30, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by RottNElsewhere

    I mean its got a great explosion in it already. No car chase mind you, but one zips around a lot.