THE TOPIC: Tension & Suspense
WHEN: October 3 - 6
An earlier article about our current Screenwriting State of Emergency seems to have struck a nerve. So I thought it’d be fun if we, as a community, had a discourse on the topic of tension and/or suspense. Simply post on your blog (the weekend of October 3 - 6) an article about your favorite examples of tension and/or suspense in films. (This must be from a script that has been turned into a film.)
What were the factors that made the tension/suspense so great?
What’s to be learned from those scenes?
OR - feel free to bitch and moan about a film or a scene that lacked tension and explain how it could've been better!
To all of my TriggerStreet friends and anyone else who does not have a blog - if you'd like to contribute, you are very welcome to do so by emailing me your article, and I will post it right here.
To help you get started, there is a free online book (.pdf) called The Elements of Suspense, which examines Hitchcock films. Filmsite.org also examines countless Thriller and Suspense Films. Here’s David Bordwell with some Theories on Suspense. Of course, it doesn’t have to be about suspense films. I’ll be happy with an article about a scene filled with great tension, albeit sexual or antagonistic.
And finally, if you guys could announce this on your blogs so word gets out, I would greatly appreciate it.