Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Alfred Hitchcock, Engineer (Part 2)

PostedNovember 25, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Hitchcock worked his way up through the technical side of the movie business.  Glen Johnson, associate dean of arts and science at Catholic University, says few realize…

Glen Johnson:  …to what extent the engineering way of thinking contributes to the way he approached making movies.

Randy Atkins:  In Vertigo, for example, Hitchcock wanted to convey dizziness but was told it would cost too much.

Glen Johnson:  Even today there's no lens that can do that effect.

Randy Atkins:  So he worked with his film team to invent a technique in which they...

Glen Johnson:  Moved the camera back as they were zooming the camera forward, and so they got this kind of double movement backwards and forward at the same time.

Randy Atkins:  Just one of the Hitchcock innovations imitated to this day.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.