by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) When you start studying plot structure, it becomes harder and harder to be surprised by a film. You start seeing turning points and act breaks everywhere you look. That's what makes Beast so refreshing, in a wonderfully dark and terrible way. Watching this film, I was kept in suspense from the... Continue Reading →
by Jeffrey Michael Bays (@BorgusFilm) If someone were to say that they love your latest script, but it could use more suspense, what would you do? Suspense is a part of the storytelling craft that has traditionally been left to mysteries and thrillers. I’ve been saying for a while that any genre, including romantic comedy,... Continue Reading →
by Jeffrey Michael Bays (@BorgusFilm) Incompetent characters and failed technology are common ways to playfully frustrate the audience in a suspenseful moment. The most suspenseful Hitchcock scenes are moments where no one helps, and the audience is reminded that they are also unable to help. We are forced to watch and wait – in suspense.... Continue Reading →
This article from johnaugust.com discusses the oh-so-tricky art of revealing just as much information as you need to and finding the perfect time in your script to reveal it.