He was a notorious practical joker. Hitchcock had a penchant for pulling absurd and often cruel pranks on his movie sets and in his private life.
How to turn your boring movie into a Hitchcock thriller This information comes out of many books and interviews from the man himself and has been simplified for your consideration.
This page is mostly for filmmakers who are sad and depressed because their movie is so average that nobody will watch it. Stop crying and pay attention. What is written here will save your career at least until tomorrow morning! It's the Mind of the Audience Change everything in your screenplay so that it is done for the audience.
Nothing is more important than how each scene is going to affect the viewer. Make sure the content engages them and reels them in. Use the characters to tease the viewer and pull them along desperately wanting more. Hitchcock knew why people are drawn to a darkened theater to absorb themselves for hours with images on a screen.
They do it to have fun.
In the same way people go to a roller coaster to get thrown around at high speeds, theater audiences know they are safe.
As a film director you can throw things at them, hurl them off a cliff, or pull them into a dangerous love story, and they know that nothing will happen to them. They're confident that they'll be able to walk out the exit when its done and resume their normal lives. And, the more fun they have, the quicker they will come back begging for more.
Frame for Emotion Emotion in the form of fear, laughter, surprise, sadness, anger, boredom, etc. The first consideration of where to place the camera should involve knowing what emotion you want the audience to experience at that particular time.
Emotion comes directly from the actor's eyes. You can control the intensity of that emotion by placing the camera close or far away from those eyes. A close-up will fill the screen with emotion, and pulling away to a wide angle shot will dissipate that emotion.
A sudden cut from wide to close-up will give the audience a sudden surprise. Sometimes a strange angle above an actor will heighten the dramatic meaning. Truffaut Hitchcock used this theory of proximity to plan out each scene.
These varations are a way of controlling when the audience feels intensity, or relaxation. Hitchcock compared this to a composer writing a music score - except instead of playing instruments, he's playing the audience!
Camera is Not a Camera The camera should take on human qualities and roam around playfully looking for something suspicious in a room. This allows the audience to feel like they are involved in uncovering the story.
Scenes can often begin by panning a room showing close-ups of objects that explain plot elements. This goes back to Hitchcock's beginnings in silent film. Without sound, filmmakers had to create ways to tell the story visually in a succession of images and ideas.
Hitchcock said this trend changed drastically when sound finally came to film in the 's. Suddenly everything went toward dialogue oriented material based on scripts from the stage.
Movies began to rely on actors talking, and visual storytelling was almost forgotten.
Dialogue Means Nothing One of your characters must be pre-occupied with something during a dialogue scene. Their eyes can then be distracted while the other person doesn't notice. This is a good way to pull the audience into a character's secretive world.Psycho was a key step." Hitchcock knew exactly what he was doing.
He turned 60 in the summer of , when he was in pre-production for Psycho, and he'd been making films for decades. He was tired of dancing to the whims of censors. Psycho was a key step." Hitchcock knew exactly what he was doing. He turned 60 in the summer of , when he was in pre-production for Psycho, and he'd been making films for decades.
Ken Hitchcock and Ben Bishop said they are just fine with how the events of Tuesday night played out, and that the key for both is they want what's best for the team.
Hitchcock pulled Bishop from. Make sure the audience can see it. STEP 7: Keep the Story Simple! If your story is confusing or requires a lot of memorization, you're never going to get suspense out of it.
The key to creating that raw Hitchcock energy is by using simplistic, linear stories that the audience can easily follow. Harvey still ended up working with Hitchcock in , however, on an episode that Hitchcock directed of Alfred Hitchcock Presents ().
Without Hepburn, the . Paramount, whose contract guaranteed another film by Hitchcock, did not want Hitchcock to make Psycho. Paramount was expecting No Bail for the Judge starring Audrey Hepburn, who became pregnant and had to bow out, leading Hitchcock to scrap the production.