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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Go Behind the Scenes of Bates Motel
The (re)making of a classic set.
The Case of the Missing Mansard
"If you look at some of the reference photos, you'll notice the roof is missing on the house. For A&E, this is a very early foray into producing their own material, so we had to be careful about the budget and determined that we would add the roof in post-production."