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"For decades, aspiring filmmakers had to play detective, poring over archival footage and interviews to discover clues to Hitchcock's success. How to Turn Your Boring Movie into a Hitchcock Thriller puts an end to such sleuthing. Here, Jeffrey channels Hitchcock's voice, gathering his scattered wisdom and putting it all together in one package that's as neat and tidy as the perfect crime."
-- Joel Gunz, Founder, Alfred Hitchcock Geek

"Jeffrey has wisely gone straight to The Master, Alfred Hitchcock, for the many astute principles in this book. A recurring idea is, 'Keep it simple'. For example, Chapter Six, on editing, advises: if you're showing an innocent man walking through a spooky house, avoid fancy angles. Study carefully Bays' explanation. He writes good sense! His 'how to' book will assist any filmmaker, beginner or advanced."
-- Ken Mogg, Author, The Alfred Hitchcock Story

"...an exciting page turner for any filmmaker who wants to channel their inner Hitchcock. Writing in the style of 'The Master' himself, Jeffrey takes the reader through the principles of suspense, storytelling, characterization and much more, with Hitch's dead-pan humor and lugubrious wit, so that exposition never becomes a dull moment. Highly recommended."
-- Tony Lee Moral, Author, Alfred Hitchcock Master Class

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  • File Size: 4736 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Borgus Productions (September 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJJLYPM
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Jeffrey Michael Bays is a contributor to MovieMaker Magazine, Peter Marshall's Directors Chair, and is best known for writing and producing the award-winning radio satire 'Not From Space' (2003) on XM Satellite Radio. This pioneering audio production was recently listed by Time Out magazine as among the top five essential radio plays of all time. Jeffrey was born and raised in mid-Missouri to parents from the US Navy. Being from the Midwest gives him a homespun sense of humor that permeates all of his creative endeavors, but at the same time a pioneering drive to reach beyond and find new ideas to explore. After the first XM Radio broadcast, he journeyed to Australia to make his first feature film, 'Offing David.' It was this homage to Alfred Hitchcock which inadvertently launched Jeffrey as an expert on Hitchcock cinematic techniques, creating the world's foremost website on the subject. Jeffrey holds an MA in Cinema from La Trobe University in Melbourne.

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I loved reading this book - and felt like I was being taught by 'The Master' himself. It's full of tongue in cheek humour and lugubrious wit which were Alfred Hitchcock's trademarks. Each chapter is clear and concise, with great insights and practical advice on how to make a polished film in the style of Hitchcock. Authored by Jeffrey Michael Bays who has a great website with the same name, I recommend this book to aspiring film makers, seasoned pros and anyone who just loves Hitchcock's films.
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Outstanding book. Very well organized and easy to find golden nuggets of information. You hear Hitchcock's voice in your head as you read the book.
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Lots to learn and very easy to digest. The author put some love into this and it shows. It's a great synthesis of Hitchcock's philosophies.
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Well, perhaps not quite. But a fine read, nonetheless. I recognized most of the major points from interviews I'd already read our seen with Mr Hitchcock, but reading them in a new context is helpful. It not only puts a new spin on them, but allows them to hang together cohesively in a way they might otherwise not.

Modest and brief, "How to Turn Your Boring Movie into a Hitchcock Thriller" is just spilling over with dry wit and genuine insight. Nothing really earth shattering here, just good, practical information. Even if you already knew it, it's worth the price to have it all in one place, in a nice, breezy package.
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The advice given in this book already has me thinking in a new way about my screenplay writing. A great read indeed!
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Great for taking a second look at your screenplay and having a standard to elevate you film to.
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Kudos to Jeffrey Michael Bays for presenting the cinematic techniques of Alfred Hitchcock in the style of the genius himself. The information and the examples are told as if spoken by the late, great director. Even includes a snippet of a story woven throughout the narrative as well, to weave the chapters together. Besides, the techniques themselves, the best part must be the flashes of Hitchcock humor. And kudos to Laila Aznar for the illustrations too.
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I gave this book 5 starts because it is exactly what it says it is. It's a brief, informative collection of the most pronounced hitchcockian tips and tricks. The author doesn't ramble on and repeat things for the sake of filling pages. I would recommend this book to beginners and professionals alike. It's nice to brush up on your skills!
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