Alfred Hitchcock Research

My dissertation, which ran concurrently with the project, proved to be the key source of inspiration for the final design of ‘Instinct’. The research focused on the work, and theories, of the famous film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) and his cinematic technique known as ‘pure cinema’. Throughout my research, Hitchcock enthusiast Joel Gunz provided what I consider to be the most profound analysis of the technique, by describing it as follows: “‘pure cinema’ is a combination of all the individual elements that go into a movie, working together to serve this single purpose: to draw the audience mentally, psychologically and emotionally into the world of the film.” The application of this technique to my own design work, provided the means to increase the involvement of the audience by using the set to hint at locations, rather than attempting literal representations. This approach would enable the audience to establish the world on stage in their mind and actively engage them with the performance.
Visit Joel Gunz’s blog post on ‘pure cinema’:
http://www.alfredhitchcockgeek.com/2011/07/following-hitchcock-down-pure-film.html

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