Many intelligent and creative minds go into the process of making a film. As it is work of art, there are many people who contribute endless amounts of time and effort to the success (or sometimes failure) of the piece. Among the many innovators involved in filmmaking is the director. The role of director includes making sure the words on the script come to life. Additionally, they are tasked with making sure the audience will feel the true emotions that the movie is trying to project. Some of the greatest directors of all time hail from the islands of the United Kingdom. This month’s installment features one of film’s most iconic directors, the acclaimed, Alfred Hitchcock.
Would it truly be a series about British film if we didn’t mention Hitchcock’s legacy? Originating from Leytonstone in East London, Alfred loved films from his teenage years. Yet, the Englishman never had dreams of working in the industry. His first career move was working for a cable company called Henleys. His first jab at creative writing came when he would write for the company’s in-house publication. It was upon realizing his passion for the work that Hitchcock took a job with an American film firm, based in London. His role was designing title cards. Because of his unique and mysterious ideas for films, he finally moved into his best-known role as director. It wasn’t until 1940 when he moved his family to Hollywood, that he was discovered for the true talent he possessed.
Alfred Hitchcock was a very pleasant and friendly man, according to those he knew. His personality was rarely reflected in his work, as he was known for this thrilling and sometimes terrifying plots. He had a clear understanding of what audiences wanted and the raw emotion that comes with terrifying situations. Knowing that his thoughts were obscure, Alfred had the utmost confidence in filmgoers and their ability to appreciate his work. Along with suspense, Hitchcock would also withhold important plot information from the audience or characters. This was never done in such a way before that fully engaged the audience in an engrossed emotional state. His most popular work came in the form of the 1960 film, Psycho and it was a perfect depiction of the style of work Hitchcock was known for.
His legacy continues to live on in those he affected and work with during his lengthy career. Stay tuned for more of Britain’s top film professionals!