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How to Turn Your Boring Movie into a Hitchcock Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Michael Bays , Laila Aznar
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Book Description

With full color examples, fun cartoons, and an easy-to-follow narrative style, filmmakers will now get Alfred Hitchcock's cinematic techniques on a level of detail never before matched. Hitch is back from the grave to tell modern filmmakers what they are doing wrong. In this tongue-in-cheek fictional personification of the master himself, filmmakers get real tips based on Hitchcock’s interviews and writings throughout his career.

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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

" 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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and straight forward. August 15, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Advice from the Master himself November 8, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars March 31, 2015
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master's voice... December 12, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Information Presented with a Fun Style December 20, 2013
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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'm starting to make narrative films. This book gives many good points in a simple and entertaining way. Having seen and read his interviews, the book follows his style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading, packed with tips July 23, 2014
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I currently have a horror short entered into a dozen or so film festivals. I won't know for a couple of months, but I was pretty confident based on local reviews that it would do well. Part way through this book however my mind started racing about all the shots I got wrong. One shot in particular felt to me that it had the opposite effect - it diminishes the tension but I couldn't understand why. Now I know. Invaluable help.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars For masochists only.
Only buy if you like being told repeatedly that your a hack piece of s*** and everything you've ever done is s***. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark R
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing change of pace
Wonderful book: This is about the seventh book on screen writing/film that I've read in the last two months and it is refreshing, fun to read and even for those who aspire to write... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Timothy Daiss, M.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful exploration of how Hitchcock thought!
Reading Michael Bays book is like having Hitchcock in the. as mentor. It's a delightful read, and enlightening as we'll.
Published 10 months ago by Allen Bronstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Fun
I very much enjoyed Mr. Bay's writing. His idea of presenting himself (sometimes) as Hitchcock actually worked quiet well as he does so with the reader's knowledge. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Budocat
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, great title!
i was forwarded this author's video link on youtube first... it was about alfred hitchcock and the way he shot his movies. i love hitchcock, and i enjoyed the video about his work. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wayne Cash
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read on writing and directing yet!
Bays, a Hitchcock scholar offers his ideas on what makes a Hitchcock film definitive from others. A must-read for any budding film student and for the experienced as well.
Published 17 months ago by Ronn Hague
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More About the Author

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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