Monday, 13 December 2010


Suspense  is creating anticipation through various media devices such as music, plots, camera, editing and many more. I've been studying various techniques which thrillers use for example fake plateau, this is when the audience are lead to false suspense right before the real climate. An great example of this is Jaws.


Suspense is used in movies to build up to a big event. Suspense leaves you on the edge of your seat, clutching a pillow and screaming at the t.v. Suspense uses scary music to engage to audience and mostly leaves the audience at a cliffhanger. Its not just the music that creates suspense, the sudden appearance then disappearance of a character can cause tension to build and leave the audience balancing on the edge.


'Suspense' is the feeling that is created when someone is expecting or anticipating something they think will happen. Usually in thrillers, the thing they are expecting is something scary or unknown.

This clip from 'What Lies Beneath' is a perfect example of creating suspense in a thriller, building up to a shock. The music is quiet and low, and the cuts and characters movements are slow and suspenseful, until the character sees the reflection in the water. She screams and loud ominous music plays, making the audience jump (probably).


Suspense is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety about the outcome of certain actions. There are many types of techniques for suspense such as false plateau, the bomb theory by Alfred Hitchcock, tension and visceral effects. 

Here is a clip from the thriller film, The Shining.