Why Alfred Hitcock Still Has an Impact Today

In this episode of the Hitch 20, Jeffrey Michael Bays looks at how Hitchcock still has a strong influence over multiple generations of directors. Plus, how unpredictable characters can heighten tension for the audience, as in “Wet Saturday” of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

You can watch “Wet Satuday” on Netflix or on Hulu

The episode is an interesting opener for Hitchcock’s second season. “Wet Saturday” was a short story by John Collier originally printed in 1938 in the New Yorker magazine. Since then it has been a perennial adaptation on radio and television with the Hitchcock version being very true to source material (even borrowing many lines of dialogue). The short story concludes at the same place as the teleplay – the epilogue which Hitchcock provides was probably forced upon by the network – but in my opinion it makes more sense as a logical conclusion.

Wet Saturday

Shooting Film and TV Sex Scenes: What Really Goes On

Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Seamus McGarvey, Adrian Lyne, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Sarah Treem discuss how Hollywood approaches shooting sex scenes.

Sex Scenes

“I personally am very excited when we shoot sex scenes,” said Sarah Treem, a creator of the Showtime series “The Affair.” “Because I think they can be transgressive; they can be very, very real.”

When they work, she added, “everybody actually enjoys them.”

Audiences certainly do, if the blockbuster success of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is any measure. But they are delicate moments to capture. “We did actually save the explicit sex to the final week” of shooting, said Seamus McGarvey, the cinematographer of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” based on E. L. James’s S-and-M-centered novel — though on-screen, some of the whipping is created via digital imagery.

Ruth Wilson and Dominic West in “The Affair.” Credit Mark Schafer/Showtime
To simulate sex, actors employ tricks: pillows between them, prosthetics and body stockings, and push-ups to get their muscles bulging. But the movement is often improvised. “If it’s overly rehearsed or overly thought through, it seems like a bad soft-core porn on Cinemax,” said Judd Apatow, the auteur of raunchy rom-coms (and a producer of “Girls”). In the forthcoming comedy “Trainwreck,” Mr. Apatow directed the writer and comedian Amy Schumer in her first big-screen sex scenes; she pumped herself up by listening to Beyoncé in her trailer.

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Watch the Damien Chazelle’s Original Short Film “Whiplash”

Originally conceived as an 85 page script, a short consisting of 15 pages was created to attract investors. This 18-minute short went on to receive acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Staring Johnny Simmons as the drummer and J. K. Simmons as the teacher, watch the original short film that brought the investors to turn the script into an Oscar Nominated Film.


Two-in-one photography: Light as wave and particle!

Light is a wave and a particle, but no-one’s managed to see both at the same time…. until now!

The first ever snapshot of light as both wave and particle is taken by Fabrizio Carbone’s lab at EPFL (LUMES). The work is published in Nature Communications on 02 March 2015.

Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. The breakthrough work is published in Nature Communications.

When UV light hits a metal surface, it causes an emission of electrons. Albert Einstein explained this “photoelectric” effect by proposing that light – thought to only be a wave – is also a stream of particles. Even though a variety of experiments have successfully observed both the particle- and wave-like behaviors of light, they have never been able to observe both at the same time. 

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Breaking down the Script of “Whiplash”

Scott Meyers breaks down the script from Whiplash from Scene-By-Scene BreakdownMajor Plot PointsSequencesPsychological Journey, and Takeaways


p.1-3: We meet ANDREW NEIMAN, first year student, who sits honing his drum skills in the practice room. FLETCHER enters and states that he’s looking for players. He asks Neiman to play a few specific beats for him. Neiman struggles with one particular rudiment, the double time swing, he closes his eyes as he tries to keep tempo and only opens them when he hears the door close. Fletcher has gone, failure.

p.3-4A: Neiman heads to the theater. We meet Nicole who works on the concessions stands. He seems to like her but does nothing about it. Neiman joins JIM his father in the theater. He explains that he played for Fletcher today and shrugs when asked how it went. Jim tells him there are other things in life and draws a comparison with his own failed expectations as a youngster. Neiman calls into question his dads attitude to not making it. “It’s just life” his father retorts. At that point another movie goer bangs into Jim’s head as he goes to his seat, Jim apologizes despite it not being his fault as Neiman observes his fathers acceptance of what just happened.

p.5-6: Neiman enters the dorm hallway, a party is in full swing, he ignores this and goes into his room. He sits in awe watching a documentary on legendary drummer Buddy Rich surrounded by musical paraphernalia.

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Modeling the Shining’s Overlook Hotel Maze

Over the span of a month, Adam Savage designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam’s more labor-intensive builds in recent memory!



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