Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Alfred Hitchcock, Engineer (Part 1)

PostedOctober 21, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Famed movie director Alfred Hitchcock was schooled in engineering before entering the film industry.  Glen Johnson, who teaches a course on Hitchcock at Catholic University, says it likely led to his practice of meticulously drawing scenes before shooting.  

Glen Johnson:  After he did that, he would work out whatever technical problems would arise with regard to making sure that what he had in his mind's eye, and now on paper, would be what people would actually end up seeing.

Randy Atkins:  Experts say Hitchcock's planning created eerily flawless productions.

Glen Johnson:  As far as he was concerned, when he actually went on the set and started shooting film, the interesting part of the film-making, the creative part, was already over.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

Next week, we'll look at an example of engineering innovation in a famous Hitchcock film.