Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant technician who blended sex, suspense and humor. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. He remains one of the most popular and most recognized filmmakers, and his works are still popular today. Hitchcock was able to master not only the art of the film making but also the art of the psychological thriller. Hitchcock trademark techniques that made his film classics today include “Emotion”, “The Camera is not a Camera”, “Dialogue is not everything”, and “Suspense is Information”. Four of his recognizable films; Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo and North by Northwest demonstrates the techniques of a typical Hitchcock film. EMOTION
Hitchcock believed that emotion that comes from the eyes of the actors, he used close up shots of actor’s eyes which intensified the emotion, the farther away the less intense. By using this technique he’s not only able to show the actors feelings but also control the audiences’. In the movie Vertigo we see Hitchcock’s “Emotion” technique as Scott runs after Judy into the church towers, audiences sees his fear as he chases after Judy, another of Hitchcock’s technique that he used to intensify the situation was by the spiraling of the stairs, the stairs becomes farther and farther as Scott continues chasing after Judy giving audiences a sense of danger. The camera zooms in for a close up of Scott’s face as we see a mixed of anger and disbelief after witnessing a suicide. Vertigo demonstrated Hitchcock’s emotion technique through Scott’s fear of heights and his theory of proximity.
THE CAMERA IS NOT A CAMERA
Another one of Hitchcock’s famous trademark techniques is “The camera is not a camera”, for this technique Hitchcock uses the camera and gives it human qualities like allowing it to roam and lets it go freely. By doing this Hitchcock lets audiences experience the story. In the beginning of the movie Rear Window, the...