A prequel to Hitchcock's Psycho that takes place in the present day, A&E's Bates Motel follows a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), who comes unhinged as he tries to deal with his domineering mother (Vera Farmiga) while juggling the usual adolescent stressors of first crushes and high-school hierarchy. Though the era is different, the set had to be faithful to the 1960 original for the premise to work. Here's how production designer Mark Freeborn, fresh off the set of Breaking Bad, re-created the iconic motel and the ominous Victorian house just outside of Vancouver.
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The (re)making of a classic set.
"Before we even applied paint, drivers recognized the shape of the house and the motel. There would be days where you'd turn around and it's 10 or 15 cars and people taking pictures from across the road. It's actually kind of a tourist destination."