Friday, March 07, 2014

Hitchcock: Content vs. Technique

Here's another bit of advice from Hitchcock while I get some rest and drink plenty of fluids...

- Bill

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We all know that Alfred Hitchcock was the Master Of Suspense, but did you know he was the most *experimental* filmmaker in history?

Contained Thrillers like “Buried”? Serial Protagonists like “Place Beyond The Pines”? Multiple Connecting Stories like “Pulp Fiction”? Same Story Multiple Times like “Run, Lola, Run”? This book focuses on 18 of Hitchcock’s 53 films with wild cinema and story experiments which paved the way for modern films. Almost one hundred different experiments that you may think are recent cinema or story inventions... but some date back to Hitchcock’s *silent* films! We’ll examine these experiments and how they work. Great for film makers, screenwriters, film fans, producers and directors.

Films Examined: “Rear Window”, “Psycho”, “Family Plot”, “Topaz”, “Rope”, “The Wrong Man”, “Easy Virtue”, “Lifeboat”, “Bon Voyage”, “Aventure Malgache”, “Elstree Calling”, “Dial M for Murder”, “Stage Fright”, “Champagne”, “Spellbound”, “I Confess”, and “The Trouble with Harry”, with glances at “Vertigo” and several others.

Professional screenwriter William C. Martell takes you into the world of The Master Of Suspense and shows you the daring experiments that changed cinema. Over 77,000 words.


Jon Molly said...

On Today's Script Tip: The Hangover, aside from being funny as hell, is a great example of a mystery movie that "gets it". You've got three guys (each with character arcs of varying depths) searching for the groom. When they wake up after an all night bender they are presented with three smaller mysteries along the way; they have a tiger, a chicken, and a missing tooth. So you get this big dump of clues early in Act One, each of which is a mystery all it's own.

As the story progresses, they track their own progress the night before and solve the little mysteries on their way to solving the big one. It's a genius move because each little mystery serves as a checkpoint along the way. You can see the boys making progress and getting closer to the big reveal, even as more little mysteries are opened up.

Honestly, I can't get over what a tight, well plotted movie that was. The comedy was just delicious icing.

Danny said...

Hope you feel better soon, Bill.

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