Alfred Hitchcock Day (Mar. 12!) Cookie
I was first introduced to Alfred Hitchcock growing up watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Nick at Nite, which had old TV shows from the 50s and 60s. I really liked his movies too -- but not the ones that are too scary. Haha. :) I scream a lot with scary movies. I like the ones like To Catch A Thief and Rear Window the most. Fun facts about Alfred Hitchcock below, who is "one of the most influential and extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema."
Alfred Hitchcock popularized the term MacGuffin and concept of the MacGuffin in movies and storytelling: which is the most important thing that propels a story forward, but also nothing at all. :)
"It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men on a train. One man says, 'What's that package up there in the baggage rack?' And the other answers, 'Oh, that's a MacGuffin'. The first one asks, 'What's a MacGuffin?' 'Well,' the other man says, 'it's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.' The first man says, 'But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands,' and the other one answers, 'Well then, that's no MacGuffin!' Haha!
"The use of a MacGuffin as a plot device predates the name MacGuffin. TheHoly Grail of Arthurian Legend has been cited as an early example of a MacGuffin. The Holy Grail is the desired object that is essential to initiate and advance the plot. The final disposition of the Grail is never revealed, suggesting that the object is not of significance in itself.So you see that a MacGuffin is actually nothing at all."
I decided to make a cookie of his silhouette like in the TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I didn't realize it at the time, but there are cookie cutters in this shape. Haha. I just used my tracing technique that I have used to make unique Benjamin Franklin pie crusts or the Mondrian Puzzle cookies (links.) I used the same Easy Sugar Cookie and Non-Royal Icing Icing that I have made before (link) and I painted on the silhouette. I let the white background dry completely before painting on the silhouette.
Some information about Alfred Hitchcock:
"Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer. He is one of the most influential and extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as "the Master of Suspense", he directed over 50 feature films[a] in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting and producing of the television anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965). His films garnered a total of 46 Oscar nominations and six wins.
The "Hitchcockian" style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person's gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximise anxiety and fear. The film critic Robin Wood wrote that the meaning of a Hitchcock film "is there in the method, in the progression from shot to shot. A Hitchcock film is an organism, with the whole implied in every detail and every detail related to the whole.""
Other fun facts about Alfred Hitchcock:
What is Alfred Hitchcock Day?
"March 12 is National Alfred Hitchcock Day, a day to celebrate the life, times, and work of master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock."
Oddly enough. "It is not known why this date was chosen to commemorate Hitchcock, since it does not correspond to his birthday or the day he died." Haha.