First a great shout out to my colleague, Crystal A for placing in the Creative World Award Screenwriters Contest!!
We both are members of the VSF, wonderful group.
Now is the time to consider making that blockbuster: Just a few steps outlined here: How to get a Hollywood Studio to greenlight your film. Not the easiest thing to do in life, but if we don’t try how far do we know we will go??!!
I would also like to wish Alfred Hitchcock a merry, merry 114th b’day. He really started alot of unique cinema trends and here is a great video that explains some techniques that I had never understood before.
This BioDoc focuses its concentration on Hitch’s life pre-Hollywood 23 movies. Perspective and movie special effects were his game and by 23 he was a proven director of those techniques. As assistant director he built sets that enabled his boss to only shoot in one way. His pre-Hollywood movies showed his prevailing themes: Voyeurism, Wrongly Accused and Murder. At 28 he was top director with, “The Lodger”. In “Stages” he banked his first cameo, although it was the back 9of his head.
Pay special attention to the clip from 19.42 -23.40 for a primer on his perspectively ingenious special effects. These were the days before post production where all the magic had to be captured in real time. Boggling thought. No green screen no blue screen, ah technology. Creativity was the key to success way back then. We are talking 1929, when the talkies emerged that Hitch made his strides.
“Language of the cinema is the language of the writer.” As Hitchcock says and does. He cleverly uses his first voice pieces to instruct the subconscious to suspense.
My favorite film trick, which I had never figured out before is known as the Shifting Process.
Hitch placed his camera at a 45 degrees angle to reflect a model. Then a mirror was placed in view with the silver scraped from a rectangle shape next to the model (in view of the camera) and any action can be placed, live or projected to appear next to the model at the model’s scale and therefore tricking the eye. Hitch used this famously as a British Museum piece when he was barred from filming there.
Now on to his most famous technique developed in Britain. Show, react- show again, as writers we can use those magic tricks. Catch the blink, Greenlight, win some contests and show, show response and show again. RIP Hitch, the joke’s on us.
One more thing, “Blackmail”, also one of the pre-Hollywood 23 has a delightfully conflicted female character who is both innocent and guilty. Ah the magic of words. This is all before he came to Hollywood and “Rebecca.”