How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks a Scene

Posted by on Thursday March 24, 2016 | Video

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.