Suspense with a Camera: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Hitchcock’s Techniques


Make your audience squirm!

Suspense with a Camera brings the secrets of suspense out of the shadows. Written for screenwriters and directors by a leading expert on Hitchcock techniques, you’ll have fresh insights on crafting suspense. These ideas have never been published before and share revelations that go far beyond the cliché knives, corpses, and blondes that many associate with Hitchcock. Suspense is such a basic part of storytelling it can even be used in romantic comedy!

How did Hitchcock manipulate his audience into a state of frenzy? Hitchcock scholar Jeffrey Michael Bays has made this question his life’s mission, and is here to share his top tips for escalating suspense and leaving your audience begging for more. Ideal for filmmakers of all kinds, these tips will enhance everyone’s creative works―shorts, web series, TV episodes, and features.


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Meet The Author

Jeffrey Michael Bays is a contributor to MovieMaker Magazine, Peter Marshall’s Directors Chair, and is best known for writing and producing the award-winning radio satire Not From Space (2003) on XM Satellite Radio. This pioneering audio production was recently listed by Time Out magazine as among the top five essential radio plays of all time.

Jeffrey was born and raised in mid-Missouri to parents from the US Navy. Being from the Midwest gives him a homespun sense of humor that permeates all of his creative endeavors, but at the same time a pioneering drive to reach beyond and find new ideas to explore.

After the first XM Radio broadcast, he journeyed to Australia to make his first feature film, Offing David. It was this homage to Alfred Hitchcock which inadvertently launched Jeffrey as an expert on Hitchcock cinematic techniques, creating the world’s foremost website on the subject. Jeffrey holds an MA in Cinema from La Trobe University in Melbourne.