3 Hitchcock Techniques We Should Copy More

Image screen capture of Hitchcock from This Guy Edits YouTube Channel
Image screen capture of Hitchcock from This Guy Edits YouTube Channel
how do you do my name is Sven and I
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would like to tell you about my
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forthcoming video it’s about Alfred
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Hitchcock and his lifelong relationship
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with the audience in this video I hope
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to make you all aware of three of his
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most noble filmmaking techniques and
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through it all you can play a most
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conspicuous part because not only can
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you appreciate is art but you can also
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apply
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what is this
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[Music]
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rear window is my favorite Hitchcock
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film as a matter of fact it’s one of my
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top three films of all time and all
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filmmakers it’s a perfectly contained
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story taking place all in one location
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and demonstrating what constitutes as he

00:57 PURE CINEMA

called pure cinema look at the opening
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shot of rear window this is visual
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storytelling not a single word has been
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spoken it tells us everything we need to
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know about where we are who our hero is
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why he is in this particular situation
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because Hitchcock treats the camera as
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if it was the viewers eyes it engages us
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to use our curiosity to figure out
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ourselves what the story might be
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Hitchcock always prefers visual
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storytelling over dialogue partly
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because he directed nearly a dozen
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silent films he never fully accepted
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synchronized sound cinema to me they’re
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what I call photographs of people
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talking there’s no relation to the
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Artemis in a mom for him dialogue is
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just another sound among all others so
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he treats it just as that Jeffrey’s my
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sister for what he said I was getting
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rid of it that’s not to say that
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Hitchcock films have no dialogue quite
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the opposite
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but the important information and
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subtext is still given to us through
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visual and you don’t pull me out of this
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swamp of boredom I’m gonna do something
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drastic like what like what I’m gonna
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get married then I’ll never be able to
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go anywhere
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you probably already know the difference

02:21 SUSPENSE

between shock and suspense the suspense
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story is given the audience full
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information before you start tell the
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audience that then they will scream out
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and say get out lid get out earlier it
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cooks suggesting that the audience know
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more than the character so that they can
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worry about the outcome that is suspense
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you keep the audience on the edge of
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their seats while surprise or shock
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comes and goes
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the audience will get five seconds of
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shock instead of the quickly dissipating
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rush of shock emotional involvement of
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the audience through suspense can be
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stretched for minutes or more suspense
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is probably the most important technique
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Hitchcock uses to his career unlike many
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other films who turn the audience into
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an objective spectator a Hitchcock film
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entices you to not just watch but to
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actively figure out the story in fear
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for the character you’re making time
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tonight reader what’s the big rush I
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want to get to bed that’s a big rush
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so you’ve pushed your lead character to
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the brink of failure and you know and
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then someone else will then and save the
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day just because they haven’t assembled
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on the sea according to Hitchcock
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that is terrible filmmaking characters
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should win or lose meaning achieve their
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goals because of the choices they made
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that are grounded on the experience and

04:08 CHANCE

the courage to overcome their fear so
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Hitchcock made it very clear as a rule
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for his films that can only ever be one
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coincidence often at the beginning of
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the film you have a date
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oh we are twelve vacancy twelve cabins
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two are vacancies they moved away the
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highway that sets things in motion that
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are already latent ly existing and then
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from that point forward the film
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resolves because of the hero and the
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obstacles she needs to faith cabin one
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it’s closer in case you want anything
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right next to the office tell your story
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visual think of your film is a silent
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film where you don’t have the luxury to
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have characters inform the audience use
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suspense for a long-lasting audience
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engagement give the audience more
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information than the character so that
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they can worry about the outcome don’t
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use more than one coincidental event in
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your film and let everything else be
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motivated by your characters action so
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these are my three favorite Hitchcock
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techniques I’m surprised how little
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they’re used today even though I think
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they can be pretty much applied to any
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song genre do let me know if there are
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some other Hitchcock techniques worth
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adding to the list I’ll see you in the
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next video thanks for watching

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