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 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 changing forms of suspense as they apply to numerous genres.
We’ll watch carefully-chosen film clips which illustrate its various forms, and exercises will help you apply the ideas to your own work.
SUSPENSE IN STORIES is a special 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 evening can book it at the reduced rate.
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Learning Space 1
British Film Institute, South Block, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
£40 concessions and if you belong to: WGGB, WFTV, Society of Authors, ITF, BECTU, Directors UK, Newman House, Scenaristengilde, London Writers' Cafe