Alfred Hitchcock's Movie Making Master Class Learning about Film from the Master of Suspense

ISBN-10: 1615931376

ISBN-13: 9781615931378

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tony Lee Moral

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List price: $26.95
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 5/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210

Tell Me the Story So Far
Write down your idea on a blank piece of paper
Pitching your idea
Write a catchy logline
Coming up with your own idea - original screenplays
Adapting someone else's idea - adapted screenplays
Themes in your story
The wrongfully accused man
The duplicitous blonde
The psychopath
Secrets and spies
The MacGuffin - what is it? (And does it matter?)
Keep your plot moving
Suspense vs. Melodrama
Give your audience information
Involve your audience in the suspense
Other directors using suspense
Writing Your Screenplay
The three stages of the screenplay
The outline
The treatment
The screenplay
Breaking your screenplay into three acts
Breaking it down into scenes
Know your audience
Trust your spouse
Writing dialogue
Writing subtext
Writer's block
Write for comedy
Use counterpoint and contrast
Exposition and dialogue
Have a surprise ending
The "Ice Box Syndrome"
Close your eyes and visualize
Work with a production designer
Change your locations often
Make your locations work dramatically
Use your props dramatically
Avoid the clich� in your locations
Trains, planes, and automobiles
Use controlled locations to increase tension
Feature famous landmarks
Make your sets realistic
Use color sparingly
Costume for character
Storyboard your film
Storyboarding beyond Hitchcock: Pre-visualization
Working with Actors
Avoid the clich� in your characters
Audience identification
Use close-ups
Less is more
When stars don't shine
Kill off your main star
Solid heroes
The man Hitchcock wanted to be - Cary Grant
The man Hitchcock was - James Stewart
Glamorous heroines
Attractive villains
Sex scenes and censorship
Actors as cattle
Be honest with your actors
You Have a Rectangle to Fill
Use a subjective camera
Use lenses that mimic the human eye
Frame shots for dramatic purpose
Use close-ups to increase suspense
Save your close-ups for dramatic effect
Use medium shots to identify with your character
Don't use long shots just for establishers
The high angle
The low angle
Use camera movement to keep the mood
Tracking shots
The "Vertigo Shot"
The crane shot
Use long takes for emotional intensity
Point of view
Light your film stylistically
The Art of Cutting
Cut the film in your head
Edit montage to create ideas
Edit montage for violence and emotion
Save your cuts for when you need them
Jump cut to shock
Match cut to link ideas
Cross-cut to create suspense
Cross-cut for contrast
When not to cross-cut
Use shot length to increase suspense
Past cutting
Graphics and opening titles
The opening
The ending
Sound and Music
Utilize silence for effect
Sound effects
Ambient sound
Use songs dramatically
Music for atmosphere
Music for emotion
Music for counterpoint
Spotting music
Don't Worry - It's Only a Movie
Know your audience
Promote your film
Cultivate a persona
Have your own signature
Don't worry about being pigeon-holed
Surround yourself with talent
Be the best salesman for your films
Have a memorable movie title
Taglines and posters
The cameo
Cameo appearances by other directors
Going for gimmicks
Alfred Hitchcock Filmography
List of Directors Influenced by Hitchcock
Bibliography & References
About the Author
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