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Hitchcock University: A Free Film School
26 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
500-A Guest Lecture (The Irishman)
In this class session, a master returns to us to teach us how a theme can guide a filmmaker's every decision. I also give some disappointing news about the upcoming semester.
20 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
423-Your Mistakes Might As Well Be Your Own (Fedora & Buddy Buddy)
In this class session, Billy gives us perhaps his greatest lesson about being your own filmmaker, in spite of surrounding circumstances.
12 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
422 - When the Wind at Your Back Isn't Your Own (The Front Page)
In this class session, Billy gives a pointer on how you can use blocking to help you edit, but more importantly, helps us all understand the lose-lose proposition that is remakes.
12 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
421 - Here, We Take Our Time (Avanti!)
In this class session, Billy teaches us about counterpoint in storytelling, and about how to hide your exposition.
18 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
420 - Billy Troubleshoots (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes)
In this class session, Billy doles out some helpful hints to making your life on set much easier.
12 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
419 - He Describes a Pretzel and it Comes out a Doughnut (The Fortune Cookie)
In this class session, Billy teaches us the beauty in simplicity.
10 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
418 - Billy Swings for the Fences (Kiss, Me Stupid)
In this class session, Billy teaches us what it's like to be before your time.
11 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
417 - It's a Profession (Irma La Douce)
In this class session, Billy teaches us his approach to casting and gives us some insight into how he leveraged the power of efficiency.
11 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
416 - Just a Short Walk from the Bathroom (One, Two, Three)
In this class session, Billy breaks one of his own rules, and shows what to expect from doing a controversial film.
13 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
415 - Billy is Tops, Creative-wise (The Apartment)
In this class session, Billy teaches us about how to play into the muses and not fight them.
24 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
414 - No Actor is Perfect (Some Like it Hot)
In this class session, Billy gives us a lot to think about. From the trick to dealing with every actor, even the most difficult, to comic timing, to what not to show an audience.
17 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
413 - Billy the Architect (Witness for the Prosecution)
In this class session, Billy gives us his thoughts on story structure, and tells us what he wanted from actors.
14 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
412 - A Partnership Forms (Love in the Afternoon)
In this class session, Billy tells us all about the man he was born to collaborate with, and how that collaboration went well beyond the writer's room.
9 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
411-What is Photographable (The Spirit of St Louis)
In this class session, Billy shows us why some stories just aren't made for the screen.
16 minutes | May 31, 2020
410-Don't Go to Pieces (The Seven Year Itch)
In this class session, Billy teaches us why harder might be smarter.
14 minutes | May 17, 2020
409-Blood, Sweat, and Fake Illness (Sabrina)
In this class session, Billy teaches us about persistence and closeups.
15 minutes | May 3, 2020
408-I Said You Can, That Doesn't Mean You Have To (Stalag 17)
In this class session, Billy teaches us the importance of decision-making.
17 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
407-Tugging on One End of a Rope (Ace in the Hole)
In this class session, Billy teaches us about what is needed for great collaboration, and why too much control will hurt you.
17 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
406-Grab 'Em By the Throat (Sunset Boulevard)
In this class session, Billy teaches us not only how to grab an audience's attention from the fade up, but also how to help keep them there.
14 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
405-When You Need it Most (The Lost Weekend)
In this class session, Billy gives us insight on three key aspects of visual storytelling.
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