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Engineer with a Talent For Suspense

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“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problem.” – Scott Adams tweet

While working on the movie “Vertigo”  he wanted to simulate dizziness but was told it was too expensive to produce. Wanting to do something and not having the resources can be highly depressing. As quoted above, Engineers just love to solve problems. I really wonder about the world scenario if there were no engineers. Not deviating from the point, It was his ability to think like an engineer, which gave the film making pioneer his edge. It’s the story of the ‘cultural icon’ Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock. This engineer with the talent for suspense came up with a technique to simulate dizziness by zooming in with a camera while moving the camera backward, giving a sort of double vision look to the shot.

  Popularly known as “The Master Of Suspense” Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was schooled in engineering before entering the film industry. Before looking to the suspense and psychological thriller genres, he graduated from The London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation. Film scholars believe that ‘Hitchcock’ picked up transferable skills at engineering college. tweet

 Engineers are of course famous problem solvers- a handy attribute on a busy film set. Hitchcock meticulously planned his films before shooting. He claimed to have the whole film in his head by the end of pre-production, down to the final cut.

Something to learn from these words by ‘Hitchcock’:

 “Once the screenplay is finished, I’d just as soon not make the film at all… I have a strong visual mind. I visualize a picture right down to the final cuts. I write all this out in the greatest detail in the script, and then I don’t look at the script while I’m shooting. I know it off by heart, just as an orchestra conductor needs not look at the score.. When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 percent of your original conception.”  tweet

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Engineer with The  Talent For Suspense

The Master of Suspense

 

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