Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Film by Richard Schickel

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By Richard Schickel

Time magazine's mythical, award-winning movie critic Richard Schickel sat down on a variety of events with frighteningly gifted motion picture director Alfred Hitchcock. Spoiler alert: He realized what made the fellow at the back of The Birds fly. the following, during this short-form booklet, is Hitchcock's tale.

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Networks, had this to say on the subject: “Don’t fall into the trap of trying to prove how MUCH you can do, rather than how WELL you can do it. ’ It will be impossible to shoot and you’ll be spreading yourself too thin for no reason. Spend more of your energy on rewriting. ” WHAT’S THIS MOVIE ABOUT? Am I four minutes into your 10-minute short and still don’t know what the film is about? Back to the drawing board, my friend. WH Y 43- MI NUTE SH O RTS NEVER R EA LL Y WOR K There is nothing more irritating than watching people do stuff for reasons unbeknownst to the audience until the film is almost over.

Flexibility and adaptability relies heavily on knowing your story inside out. Interesting & Fun Research Action ◆ Do an Internet search for Sundance shorts and watch them. ◆ Do an Internet search for filmmaker blogs and sign up for the ones that speak to you. Do the same for filmmaker newsletters. ) ◆ Start queuing up every short film compilation Netflix offers and watch them. ◆ Buy the last few years of Academy Award–nominated short film compilations. They’ve done it for 2009. HOW SHORT IS SHORT?

There’s an example of experimental shorts translating well into a great independent feature, and now he’s making his first studio feature. Another short I flipped 43 44 H O W N O T T O M A KE A SH O RT FI LM for was Gowanus, Brooklyn, that also won Sundance, that Ryan [Fleck] and Anna [Boden] were able to translate into an award-winning independent feature Half Nelson. A lot of feature filmmakers’ style points to their first short film. For me it’s just more about style; it’s the reaction to the first film, and the storytelling.

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