2. Shot-reverse-shot editing
If you ever watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie you’ll know he puts more importance on framing shots than dialogue. In fact he once said,
“Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.”
Examples of this can be seen in all of his work. Specifically, one’s that I remember vividly are the shower scene in Psycho (white walls, jump cuts between the knife and blonde woman), the explosion in The Birds (camera cuts back and forth between the woman’s eyes and an oil spill leading to an imminent explosion.) Another thought about Hitchcock, he loves torturing blonde women. So if you have nothing to say just put a blonde woman in distress.
Here is a video of the scene described in The Birds