Suspense is a misunderstood concept.
Many writers think it applies solely to thrillers, as a method of ratcheting up tension and the threat of violence.
Suspense can certainly be used in this way.
But its principles can enrich most forms of drama, and can be applied in numerous forms, from the extreme to the subtle.
As well as creating unforgettable scenes and sequences, it can lead audiences through long narratives, keeping them glued to the screen for season after season.
Many TV shows, like BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, DEXTER and HANNIBAL wouldn’t have worked at all if they hadn’t incorporated the principles of long-term suspense.
Suspense is all about manipulating information within narratives – revealing and withholding it.
But there are many ways of doing this, and it isn’t a static concept; it’s constantly evolving.
This workshop examines the numerous and changing techniques of suspense as they apply to many genres:
to films, TV series, and novels.
In the workshop, we will:
SUSPENSE IN STORIES is a twin module of our CREATING FEAR IN FILMS workshop, which goes deeply into methods of bringing extreme and powerful emotions to the screen.
If you come to the Suspense workshop you can book the next CREATING FEAR IN FILMS workshop at a reduced rate.
CLICK HERE to book.
BECTU Head Office
373-377 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
Course: 10.30am to 5.30pm
EARLY BIRD PRICES (Before March 25)
£85 (concessions £75)
BECTU members £68
PRICES AFTER March 25
£99 (concessions £89)
BECTU Members £79
Concessions are available if you belong to: WGGB, WFTV, Society of Authors, ITF, Directors UK, Newman House, Scenaristengilde, London Writers' Cafe