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Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963) utilized thousands of crows and
seagulls in the title roles. Does anyone know how these birds were acquired
and trained?
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"The Birds" was a miracle of special effects. Of course, there were some
trained birds, but not nearly as many as one would think. Often, hundreds of
individual shots of birds were combined (in pre-computer days) into one or
two shots. Hitchcock was a master of (and a believer in) visual effects.
Virtually every one of his films has a technical feat of virtuosity only
sometimes viible to the naked (or untrained) eye.
 
Gene Stavis, School of Visual Arts - NYC
 
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