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How to Turn Your Boring Movie into a Hitchcock Thriller by [Bays, Jeffrey Michael]
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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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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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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 applaud the effort (the bibliography shows the author did much research), but it's less candid a manual on filmmaking as Francois Truffaut's interviews in Hitchcock/Truffaut. I also felt that the examples of Hitchcock's methods were too vague. They come off as bullet points, rather than sound methods. Perhaps that is because he was such a visual director and it does not translate as well to book form. This may even be a better offering if done on video, with example scenes of the techniques described. I couldn't help but want more. Kudos for presenting Hitchcock's wicked sense of humor.
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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. the author basically used hitchcok's movies as a written 'film class' of sorts, giving you great inside tips on how the master worked, thought and impacted films. he also helps you to think the same way, so that you can make good films as well. i highly recommend it!
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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.
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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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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 and not direct, its full of useful information not usually found elsewhere. At just 86 pages, it's the perfect length to download on your Kindle or smart phone and soak up in bite size nuggets. Kudos to Mr Bays for a job well done...
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Only buy if you like being told repeatedly that your a hack piece of s*** and everything you've ever done is s***. I personally don't think that's a productive way for a writer to think and I actually like most of what I write, I was just looking for something to help me liven up some of my old screenplays that I've left behind. I highly doubt Hitchcock spoke/wrote in such a degrading patriarchal manner.
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