Blocking a scene–harmonizing the movement of actors in relation to the camera–is the core of a director’s job. In the hands of a master, this on-camera choreography is a powerful, yet subtle, storytelling device.
Few did it better than Alfred Hitchcock.
In this video, Evan Puschak (aka the Nerdwriter) artfully deconstructs a scene from Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo and shows how the motion and positions of the actors set the plot in motion.
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