Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Suspense is a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety about the outcome of actions. Whether it's music building up to a horrific scene, a shadow creeping up to a character or waiting for a victims murder, the audience is always on the edge of their seats. Naturally this is proved when the audiences hearts beat faster, making them nervous yet excited about what's going to happen next. The Orphan movie is a perfect example of suspense, making us think she is an ordinary girl trying to build a better life, when in reality we then discover she is a disturbed 33 year-old. Fast editting and quick snap shots of her are used near the end unfolding her true identity, using props such as false teeth, cuts and bruises. The images below show her at the end of the movie when she reveals her true identity, a 33-year old disturbed woman.

There are aspects of this film that have strongly influenced my own thriller opening film. Suspense such as heavy breathing, being able to hear the heart beat of a person and them crying helplessly. The mise en scene shows a dark and gloomy atmosphere; indicating to the audience that the movie is going to include danger and thrill. The costume plays a big part in introducing a character, as in this case the girl reveals her true self at the end, the image to the left is shocking and catches your attention, something i would love our thriller to have.
There is a clear sense of anger and fustration as all explodes at the end and everything is discovered. This movie has also inspired me to really think about the setting, lighting and camera shots, as everything that will be captured in a shot will have a hidden meaning to it and what the purpose of it is.

Using wordle, i have created a group of words, phrases that sum up the meaning of suspense.

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