The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin

The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin As far as anyone knows Alfred Hitchcock was the first to use the term “MacGuffin.” He said it was “[T]he device, the gimmick, if you will, or the papers the spies are after… The plans, documents or secrets must seem to be of vital importance to the characters. […]

Writing Suspense like Alfred Hitchcock

Writing Suspense Like Alfred Hitchcock

  Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, Tony Lee Moral, offers some advice for aspiring suspense writers as he breaks down a few key techniques for writing suspense like Alfred Hitchcock.        What suspense techniques did Hitchcock use that are applicable for fiction writers? Hitchcock gave the audience more information than the character to […]

The Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Movies of all Time

The Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Movies of all Time

The Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock Movies of all Time   North by Northwest The quintessential Hitchcock film, featuring a wrongfully accused man, a debonair villain, a duplicitous blonde, spectacular locations, and a story that never stops moving. The breathless chase culminates in one of Hitchcock’s finest set pieces when Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint scramble […]