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13 Steps to Becoming a Master of suspense -
Content needs to engage the audience and reel them in. Characters should tease the audience and pull them in.
Eyes show emotion. Intensity is created by getting close up or far away from the eyes. Sudden cut from a wide shot to a close up will give the audience sudden suspense. Strange angles will heighten dramatic meaning.
Give the camera human qualities allowing it to roam around the room looking for suspicious happenings. This allows the audience to feel involved. Use panning with close ups of objects that explain plot elements. Allusion to Hitchcock’s start in silents.
One character should be preoccupied with something during dialogue. Eyes can be distracted. Pulls the audience into the character’s secretive world.
Put an idea in the mind of a character without explaining it in dialogue = point of view editing Subjective camera Cut back and forth to show reactions Builds tension – what you want in horror/suspense/thrillers Have actor walk towards or away from object with tracking…changes perspective
Divide action into series of close ups in succession. Tell story with these images. Control of scene and hide things from audience. Hitchcock said this “transfer[s] the menace from the scene into the mind of the audience.”
Simplistic, linear stories that can be easily followed. Steamline the script for maximum dramatic impact.
Characters should regularly act against type. Unexpected personalities. Have characters make decisions on whims, not what expected from previous build up.
Play a practical joke on the main character. Ironic situations to deal with. Things could go wrong…builds humorous tension. Hitchcock employed comical old women for innocent humor.
Build tension by contrasting situations. Two unrelated things happening at once. Focus on momentum of one when interrupted by second. Second is humorous, meaningless.
Show the audience what the characters don’t see. Something about to harm a character – show it at the beginning of the scene; play the scene out, giving constant reminders to build tension.
Once you have built the audience into gripping suspense, it must never end the expected way.
Side effect of creating pure suspense. Audience glued if you have done job correctly. A macguffin is nothing…just a pivotal reason for suspense.