Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Master Class by Tony Lee Moral (2013)
Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Master Class
by Tony Lee Moral
Michael Wiese Productions, 2013
Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most influential filmmaker in the history of cinema, enthralling audiences with his tales of suspense and inspiring directors to simply make better movies. In Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Master Class, Tony Lee Moral takes the reader though the cinematic process step-by-step, from the genesis of the idea to the execution on the screen and finally the promotion in the press. No stone is left unturned as the author examines the master’s techniques, showing how modern Hollywood continues to emulate Hitchcock on the big screen.
More than just words on a page, Moral challenges the reader to put those words into action at the end of each chapter. The exercises ask the reader to study a Hitchcock film for himself and identify the techniques discussed, then turn the critical eye on his own work and discover where he can improve in his personal journey to writing and movie making.
It would be a good idea for the reader to re-familiarize himself with some Hitchcock films before beginning this study. Many movies are referenced, but the four that seem the most prominent are Psycho, North by Northwest, The Birds, and Rear Window. If the reader will watch these gems before reading Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Master Class, he will have a better foundation from which to build.