#7 – The Misstep
Clear out Mac!
They’ll get you next…
Inspiration for photo #7 – The 39 Steps (1935) , and that twist in the back!
Hands down – my favorite Hitchcock film of all time! It’s a tidy, concise circle of an espionage story – one in which Hitchcock shows you the answer at the beginning of the movie, but then wonderfully diverts you on a smart, yet madcap adventure across the UK.
And one just can’t say enough about Robert Donat, a truly exceptional actor (The 39 Steps, Good-bye Mr. Chips, and The Count of Monte Cristo to name a few). His wit and timing in this film is brilliant – and the reason I’ve watched The 39 Steps, maybe 1000 times.
There were 86 moments to choose from in this 86 minute film – but the one in which the spy is knifed-to-death in Donat’s apartment setting course for the rest of the story, also worked in turning the tides of my own plot.
Behind the Scenes:
Director/photographer – Lisa Stock
Assistant Photographer – JoAnn Sheppe
Cast – Josh Henry, Aaron Simmons, and Rob Sheppe
Well, everything has changed now hasn’t it? And you thought Aaron’s character was our leading man… Never trust Hitchcock, he’s a master at plots twists and I’m taking my cues from him. So – whodunit? But before you answer that – are you sure? As I’ve said, Hitchcock is a master at plots twists…so…stayed tuned.
This shot is so far the one that most mirrors the moment from the film. Up to now my interpretations have been wider in focus, but this one was so perfect as is. And was the first time we had everyone together for a shoot! (The last one was done in pieces.)
A MASSIVE Thank You to Aaron Simmons – a true creative collaborator, and an actor who is game for anything. I couldn’t have chosen a better fit to this character and person to get this series going. And now I can reveal that I had affectionately named his character “The Dead Man”… Thank you Aaron!! It’s been a pleasure. Until next time… (wink).
FYI – Aaron is a talented, busy actor and filmmaker in his own right. Check out his other work here:
Aaron’s Actor/Director page on Facebook: Samuel Aaron SImmons
Teaser trailer for his film “1440”: https://vimeo.com/133518551
Up Next: Young and Innocent (1937)