Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film

Main Gallery and Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center

Casting a shadow

Albert Whitlock, production design study for visual effect,The Birds, 1963, gouache on Mylar matted over gouache on illustration board. Robert Boyle Collection, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Alfred Hitchcock presented himself as the sole author of his films — his movies were the direct translation of his creative genius to the screen. In reality, however, Hitchcock was a deeply collaborative artist, working intensely with actors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, and production and sound designers to create what the public knew as “an Alfred Hitchcock film.” Through drawings, paintings, storyboards, and production documents, this exhibition explores a film making process that thrived on teamwork, with the director's colleagues contributing critical ideas and Hitchcock engaged in creative collaboration frame by frame. The exhibition, which will include computer and multimedia technology, was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, a film series with speakers, and a symposium.

Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film is organized by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Support for the exhibition and related programming is provided by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University; the Alfred J. Hitchcock Foundation; American Airlines; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the Louis Family Foundation; the Myers Foundations; James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati; and the Rubens Family Foundation.