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Book Review: The Young Alfred Hitchcock's Moviemaking Masterclass, by Tony Lee Moral

The Young Alfred Hitchcock's Moviemaking Masterclass  explores Alfred Hitchcock's approach to filmmaking from almost every angle, breaking the process down into its essential elements. These include scripting, casting, working with actors, camera work, editing and set design. The author also looks at the director's use of sound, music - including both music scores and diegetic music - and even film promotion and marketing, appropriately calling Hitchcock not only the master of suspense, but also "the master of marketing". The book also looks at Hitchcock's working methods and preferences, including his working with screenwriters to develop stories into scripts, his storyboarding of particular sequences and even his visualising of a film before it was made, with Hitchcock often claiming that actually making the film was the dull part.
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