Thursday, 16 December 2010

Definition of Suspense


Definition of suspense: Suspense is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety, suspense is used to help build a climax and help reach a dramatic moment, with tension being the emotion the audience experiences at the time. Suspense is also the higher knowledge of the audience, than the lack of knowledge of the characters in the film, this rises tension as this creates anticipation and uncertainty. Alfred Hitchcock is known as the father of suspense, his famous films like "psycho" influenced many directors till this very day on how they build suspense and get the tension across effectively 

The film "Jaws" allows suspense to build up with a slow paced editing and the sound of children's laughter which connotes safety and innocence, the film also conveys a false sense of security to build up tension.

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