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My Evaluation

 

This is my evaluation of my final video. As a group we looked at the different aspects of our video, we looked into what went well and what we could have done better. We sat as a group and looked at the development of our idea and thought how we needed to look at when thinking about professionally creating the opening titles. Here is our final video:

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Testing Out The Camera

For this task we decided to use a camera supplied by our teacher, because of the quality of this image, and this being the main task we want to make it look professional to make it of a high standard so it looks like a professional opening title sequence.

The camera we used ‘Canon LEGRIA HF G25’ this the camera, the qualities of this camera is:

  • Canon HD Video Lens
  • Canon’s advanced HD CMOS PRO sensor
  • Full manual control
  • Optical Intelligent IS
  • Audio Scene Select
  • 8.8cm touch screen LC
  • Instant AF; Face Detection
  • Protective lens hood
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 2x SDXC slots

Before we took this camera out around school, the purpose of this was to try and figure out how to use the camera and effectively, so we could see the angles that light most enters the shutter and how the image stabilization works when filming, to see if we needed a tripod of some scenes (however being a thriller we want some shots to be shaken and jolty)

We used our DOP, Serena to mainly test this out because she will be the one that uses it most and will have to be most familiar with it. She took the camera both inside and outside to look and test out the quality of it in both settings as we will be filming in an open space and in the shed which is more enclosed. We have also taken the camera both inside and outside because of the different lighting, which means that we can see the difference that it picks up in both natural and artificial lighting.

Our Screening Feedback

After we screened out main task to the class we created a survey again to gain feedback from them so that we could gain an idea of what our target market think about the opening that we have created. Rather than just gaining feedback from our first improvement sheet as although our teacher  can see more technical elements and will, mark us more to the mark scheme we want to gain an idea of what the target market think surrounding the target market and wether or not they think that aspects we include will fit with the thriller genre that we have tried to create.

We created another set of questions but this time we made them tailored to the production that we made. We made questions that we thought would be more beneficial us when it comes to editing rather than just looking at the general statement questions that we previously made. We also decided that we want to use our class to fill out the survey because they are both our target audience and they are also they will be able to give us more helpful criticism compared to the public who can’t give the inside feed back in the main topics such as editing or shot types or camera angles.

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Our first question was to do with or monologue and see the target audiences opinion on this. At first we as a group really like the monologue with our final piece but then we couldn’t decide if we thought that it was to long and we wondered if we gave away too much information. So we included this as our first question to see what the audience thought as this was one of our main thoughts surrounding the improvement of our task. We can see from our feedback that the audience think it fitted our main task and was what they would like to hear in a thriller genre. But one response did give us the idea that it was too long so we then will review our script and see what we can decide in terms of the length. However most of our audience thought that the monologue was good and fitted with the opening title sequence that we have created.

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Next we made or own production company logo. We had included this and then watched some films where we saw the production logo come at the end. Therefore we weren’t sure where we should put our own logo and we wanted to see what was the most effective one out of the putting it at the start or the end of the opening, or we weren’t sure if it really added anything and maybe we shouldn’t include it overall. When we asked the class in the feedback the audience said that they thought that it should be there and that the majority would like to see it at the beginning of the opening.

q3 We then wanted to know about the lighting that we used when filming. We had experimented with lots of different types of lighting when we were filming. We used the lighting that we thought worked best but we wanted to get another opinion and see if there was anything that we could improve. However we got really good feedback from this and we can see that the audience clearly liked the lighting we used. So therefore when we reshoot certain things we know that we need to re-create that lighting again.

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We then looked at the acting to see if that could be worked on in terms of body language more than facial expression because we are trying to follow the codes and conventions and not show too much of the villains face. But again we received positive feedback about this and only some comments such as ‘fasten up some scenes’ however we are going to look at that in terms of editing rather than the physical acting and then make sure some clips aren’t as long as we made then this time in the screening.

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As we made our own typography we wanted to see what could be improved although we know that we are going to change it to make it more thriller than the horror aspects that it currently is. We received mixed feedback, some thought that it was more horror, as we knew, but some liked it and just commented on the colour of the typography rather then in not fitting the sub genre.  We also received some feedback that showed us what type of font we needed to use when showing the titles, which is really helpful and we shall experiment with the fonts when we look more into what typography fits with the opening.

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Again the length of the monologue was what we thought would be a problem, we got feedback that suggested it both ways, some thought yes or it was slightly too long but some people thought that it was fine and that we shouldn’t adjust the length. But after talking to my group and responding to this we have some more ideas about the monologue and how we can improve it, so we will experiment with this and see what we can create, that appeals more to the audience.

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We then wanted to know what we could use to reduce the amount of information given out by the monologue and the mise en scene. So we asked the final opinion of this from the audience, this is an important question because we have to keep it a thriller and this means the less information given out the better. So we again got mixed ideas on what we should do to limit the information given from both this factors. We  then have decided as a group that the feedback we got was mainly commenting on the monologue rather than the mise en scene so we are going to focus on changing the monologue to reduce the information on that and then look into the mise en scene if too much detail is still being given away.

Analysis Of First Target Audience Feedback

For our first form of target audience feedback we made a survey on the website ‘Survey Monkey’, in order to gather a range of feedback from our target audience we set a limit of 100 responses because this way we can see the most popular idea as well as seeing ideas that we didn’t think about when we are planning our task to keep the idea developing, to reach the markets that we intend to. Our survey consisted of 10 questions and they were all based around the codes and conventions that we want to look into following when filming our main task. Although we already have a solid idea that we want to film, we will use the consumer feedback to develop the idea and improve it. This is only our first form of audience feedback as we want ur product to really relate and please our target market, so we plan to hold more groups, for example a focus group to get more information about thoughts and feelings around the rough cut edit, this is really valuable to us because then we can improve it to help achieve the best grade at the end from our main task as a group.

First Question:

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We opened our survey with this question as the first one. We did this because we felt that the age of our target market (15-18 year olds), so we would want the most responses to come from the main target audience, so therefore we know that the feedback we are receiving is mainly from our target audience and what they are doing. We also did this first because it means that we know what age group would be most interested in watching our film so therefore we would be aware and potentially change our target market depending on the age group that filled out the survey most. We would know that they would like to look at the older age groups to decide what they would like to see in the hope that we can branch out to a wider audience.

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This was a really important question in our survey because we felt that it would show more of the boundaries between men and woman when they watch the film. We included this question because it will help us to see what most people from that genre prefer because some aspects of film than others, for example males would prefer scary aspects of the thriller film in comparison to females which might prefer the dialogue in the films.

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This was equally and important question when looking into what we want to branch into. Firstly we want to know if the audience enjoys thriller films and therefore we can decide wether we feel that our idea would be what we wanted it to be and wether or not thrillers are what our target audience want to watch. We wanted to know the reason behind the audience liking or disliking thrillers; we did this because we felt that we could work on why the audiences don’t like thrillers or why they do so we can make sue our film appeals to all the audiences.

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We then gave a range of options for our audience to choose from when thinking about a thriller film that they enjoy. We then decided looking into the genres of the films that are most liked by our audience to decide what they most like to see. The purge was the most liked film by our target audience, The purge is a horror thriller but also has aspects of crime, so we wanted to make this look like a crime thriller but also have the idea that they want to include something that would have the same effect on the audience as the purge as our target market clearly likes the effect that this type of film gives.

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This was an equally important question in our survey because we want to look into what the audience would like to see as the main sub genre. We wanted to make a crime thriller from our main idea, but we can see that the audience want to see action thriller. So we have decided that we wanted to change the audiences perspectives on crime thrillers and make think about them in a different way, we also thought that if we were going to make our own film and make it longer than we would add more action based shots anyway so we wanted to introduce this in a different way.

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This was a question what we needed to look into because we wanted to know what the audience thinks of what character would work best in the opening. This is important to know when we are looking into casting because thriller genres are meant to make the audience feel that they have a tense atmosphere and make them feel on edge, we wanted to see if the gender of the audience would effect this in the audiences mind. Although the main option was that the audience don’t mind we then looked back into the options and saw that males are selected more, so we took this into consideration and began to look for male actors rather than female. page-7

As part of a thriller opening we want to cause suspense within the audience, as this is a main convention of a thriller film. So we wanted to get a personal idea of what the audience would like to see. So we created 4 different options that us as a group though would work really well. The survey came back to tell us that music best builds suspense in the opening titles from the audiences perspective. So this leads us into having to look into music deeper than we first thought to find the perfect music that suits our piece.

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As a result of wanting to find music to fit our final cut anyway we wanted to find music that suited it, but because we got the response that we needed to take this question much more serious then we initially thought that we would. The response came back saying that we needed to look into slow, low pitched music, we initially thought that this would be our main type of music that we would look into anyway so then we decided that this would defiantly go with the main task and suit the overall impression we want to give.

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Again we wanted to get the best idea from the lighting, we though that if we where to follow the codes and conventions of a typical thriller film then we would use low key lighting. However we thought that we would look into our targets audiences thoughts and feelings surrounding this aspect. We have noticed that although the main answer was darker lighting we have noticed that 29% have opted for brighter lighting. We then disused this as a group and though that we would try to include some of the shots using high key lighting to add an element of controversial ideas to our final piece and not look like we are copying all the other thriller films out there.

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Finally we decided to give the audience a much more open way of expressing what they think should be part of a thriller opening title sequence. We asked what the audience would like to see in the title sequence and then we could make it feel like a much more personal interaction with the film. We received a range of ideas on what we should include and a few of these are show above. But however we received a range of feedback that wasn’t helpful and was just people messing around so we have and will ignore that when thinking about how this feedback will effect our idea. The most dominant idea was that the audience wanted us to show an idea and then allow it to be built up on the later in the film, also the audience suggested that we should give away little information about the plot of the character themselves and just give away basic elements that we can then elaborate on as the audience should be asking questions anyway in the opening.

Main Task Planning

For my main task we were still in the same group following our continuity task, and we each had the same roles. Whilst we where planning the task we had to think of what we wanted to do, and how we wanted to pull it off.

To begin with we had to look into textual analysis’ and opening tittles, and all of my group where really draw to se7en and the opening titles. We decided that this will hopefully influence us into thinking up the main idea. So we wanted to use the same set up but instead use the theme of a serial killer in a shed in the back garden shed.

We began to think of basic props that we needed and came up with this list:

  • Knifes
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Table
  • Cork Board
  • Map
  • Images of people and houses
  • String
  • Safety pins
  • WD-40

My role in the group was to find a shed suitable to film this in. In my garden we have many old eerie sheds, so I took some photos of this to send to my group so we can figure out what one we want to film in, or what one we think is best for what we want.

We also had to make a shot list and a story board, this is just a basic plan of what we want to do, although we will develop these ideas and even test some to find out that they don’t work, and then we want to change them. Or we will add elements that work really well in the overall plot of our opening.

This is our story board for our filming. We made a very basic idea of how we want the the shots to be put together after they are filmed. Although when looking back on the pervious storyboard it did help us figure out the order we all liked and it gave us a good idea of the task and what we wanted to create from it. The only different aspect that we have already changed is the name of the thing at the end of the storyboard when’33’ would appear, we will change this to ’11’, and during editing we will decided wether to include the title before our opening starts or after.

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This is our shot list, this was created to show us and remind us of all the fundamental shots that we feel are important to include in the film cut of the task. We feel that this would create the desired effect and atmosphere on the audience. Again this will allow us to  experiment with the shots to see what works or not, when thinking about what effect we want to create.

Then we had to make a script, we decided that we wanted our actor to speak a monologue. We wanted to use this because it makes the audience feel more personally connected to the character and as a result of this it creates tension among the audience because they feel more connected to the character, especially when considering our location as well.

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Then they typography of the opening titles is an extremely important part into weather the audience will be intrigued or not, the typography has been proved to influence the audience into ether engaging with the film of not. We also understand that it needs to fit in with the themes that we are trying to create and the will also have to engage the audience. At the start of the planning we decided that our task would be called ’33’ to represent the about of murders the criminal has committed, however after further discussion we decided that we wanted to change the name because it sounded too much like Se7en and therefore the audience might make a direct link and know that this had inspired us. So we have changed the name to ‘Fixation’. My research surrounds ’33’ but we have used the same on ‘Fixation’.

img_0256This is the style of typography that we would like to use in our video to open the title sequence, we liked this because it looks like blood dripping down the screen which links to the overall plot of the opening that we are trying to present. We found this online on the website ‘Dafont.com’, which is a free website that allows you to download the font and use it outside of the website. However we wanted to animate the title to make it original to us, so then it also keeps the audience interested and alert as it still creates tension.

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So we then looked for a tutorial that would help us make an animated form of typography that would allow us to make our title animated and create the overall effect we wanted. We then found this video that has helped our editor Corey, make a template create our typography. This so far has worked and we have created one, however I have had trouble uploading it to this site.

Then we looked into royalty free sound, which is sound without copyright that we can use without paying for, so we can use the sound without copyright charges or looking into the terms and conditions of using this. We however found lots of royalty free music, but none of which we all thought would fit with the atmosphere or overall impression that we wanted to create. So we then went on to garage band a music creating app and then made our own audio to fit to the opening. This means that we don’t have to look into copyright and make enquires about the copy right on tracks and we can just include it. However we have now decided that we want to use a monologue and not use any audio, we want to do this because we think that it would make a much more personal connection to the killer and make the audience feel connected to them on a much more personal level.

Our Animatic

These animatics were created by our DOP and assistant editor Serena. She created then using the music matched with our story board images to provide a rough idea of what we will aim of and how this will look in realistic terms. This idea was perfect to show a focus group, this would show what the intention for our atmosphere would be through the music but also the drawn up images would allow them to understand what shots we intend to use were and what images would be in the frames during which moment of the music.

When is starts with the production company logo that we created and then it moves on to the titles and how these would look, she listed what background colour they would be and how the font would look. In between the images show on the animatic she uses a zoom which shows the transition we would like to use between those shots.

Then she writes the shot title and how she is going to take this shot next in the film, the lighting is also commented on because this gives the audience an idea of the settings that we will use as well as the framings of the shots; a rough image is then given of the frame of the shot to develop the audiences ideas.

The monologue that we created and are using is then introduced, this is at the point that we hope to introduce the monologue after the setting has been introduced and the audience are more aware of their location.

The animatic continues to describe the setting, lighting, Mise-en-scene, camera the sound is developed and the editing is again commented on.

We then created a another animatic, this time we used our proper story board and it looked overall more professional. We would use this to show a focus group as the ideas on it are more visual and can help them picture it better as the images are better quality.

This is laid out in the same way and comments on all the aspect of the production of the final opening titles. However in some parts this lacks what the other animatic had. It doesn’t comment as much on the colours or the titles. However this is more clear on the editing techniques that we will use and it has more accurate music in comparison to the other animatic, which creates a better atmosphere.

Our Filming

We started filming in the location on the 20th January. This was the first shooting day we did. However we began to film when it was still light, this was seen as part of our lighting experimentation because we wanted to see the effect of the light on the overall theme. We wanted to see the effect on the audience that the lighting has, for example the lighter the shot is the less tense the audience feel. So we shot some in the light but them realised when we looked back at the clips we filmed we discovered that the effect that we wanted wasn’t given across the footage as a result of the lighting. So then we decided to go back and re-film.

We went back and re-filmed on the 26th January. However this time we made sure that we met up as a group later, so that we could start filming later when it was dark. However this did prove to be more challenging than filming in the day light. The main problem was creating the right lighting balance whilst in the shed. Although we did struggle with the light in the tracking shot, however we did many experiments and then we figured out the best way to use the lights to create the best desired effect.

This was the better day to shoot as we filmed in the dark, this therefore allowed us to again create the effect that we aimed to create when filming. This basically was to make the audience feel tense and use the dark to create the sense of not knowing what comes next, but we also wanted to plant clues throughout the opening which would keep the audience wanting to watch to find out more about the plot and the characters.

We also did many more test shots, for example we used the trains at the back of the garden to shoot some shots that we initially were going to include, (Hoverer we didn’t edit them in because we felt that it didn’t fit and just changed the idea slightly which isn’t what we wanted to do). We also filmed the shed from different angles and were planning to use lots of jump cuts to bring the audience closer, however we didn’t want to follow the generic codes and conventions and we did want to challenge some, so therefore we decided that we were going to use a tracking shot because it will fit in with the monologue better and still create the tense effect that we want.

Typography

What Is Typography?

The art and technique of arranging type to make written text legible and aesthetically pleasing.

  • Arrangement of type:
  1. Selecting type
  2. Point size
  3. Line length
  4. Line spacing (leading)
  5. Letter-spacing (Tracking)
  6. Adjusting space with letter pairs

Typeface And Font 

Typefaces (also known as font family) is 1 or more font composed of glyphs that share a common design features. Each font has a specific:

  1. Weight
  2. Style
  3. Condensation
  4. Width
  5. Siant
  6. Italiczation
  7. Ornamentation
  8. Designer or Foundry

Sans Serif and Serif 

Serifs are semi-structural details on small decorative flourishes on the ends of some strokes that make up letters or numbers, E.G Times New Roman or Century Old Style. Sans  Serif don’t have decoration or flourishes, E.G Ariel Font or Future Book.

Font Size, Style and Colour

This can appeal to the audience, all three aspects(Colour, Size and Stye). For example, If a font was written in capitals, the writer intends that the reader to feel like they are being shouted at which engages them to the text, in comparison to the text all being lower case, which doesn’t have the same effect on the reader.

Tracking And Spacing 

This is the spacing between the letters in a word or the numbers in a sum ect. There are two types of this, Loose Tracking and Light Tracking:

Loose tracking is when the gaps in-between the letters in a word are bigger, or more spaced out, meaning the letters don’t flow into each other and the word takes up more space on the page.

Light tracking is the letters are as close together as the reader would class as ‘Normal’, for example the font on this blog is an example of light tracking, the spaces between the words aren’t big, so the reader doesn’t notice them.

Alignment 

The alignment is where the text is positioned on the pages, there are four types (in the picture above), each form of alignment is noticed in its own type, for example, Flush left is mainly used in everyday life, when an email is written or when your hand writing something and Full Justification is seen in newspapers and other magazines. Which links to Column Width, which is just the width of the column:

 

Widow/Orphan

Orphan:

Very short line, usually one word or the end of a hyphenated word, at the end of  a column.

Widow:

Considered ‘poor Typography’ as it leaves too much white space between the paragraphs or at the end of the page.

 

Alfred Hitchcock- The Master Of Suspense

He was an English director and producer, and also referred to at times as ‘The Master Of Suspense’.  He was widely known for his directorial style, his trade mark of panning the camera to mimic the characters glaze, he also framed shots that emphasised the emotions within the audience of fear, anxiety or empathy and he used innovative forms of editing. He often focused on fugitives on the run alongside, blonde ‘dolly’ girls. He was able to hold bad critical information regarding the main plot from the audience, creating emotions through the audience like no one else.

Top Three Films:

  • Notorious

Is a 1946 American spy thriller film. This film is the first attempt of Hitchcock to show a love story through two male characters.

The film is known for two scenes in particular. In one of his most famous shots, Hitchcock starts wide and high on a second floor balcony overlooking the great hall of a grand mansion. Slowly he tracks down and in on Ingrid Bergman, finally ending with a tight close-up of a key tucked in her hand. Hitchcock also devised “a celebrated scene” that circumvented the Production Code’s ban on kisses longer than three seconds—by having his actors disengage every three seconds, murmur and nuzzle each other, then start right back up again. The two-and-a-half-minute kiss is “perhaps his most intimate and erotic kiss”.

In 2006, Notorious was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

  • Vertigo 

Is an 1958 American psychological thriller.

The film was shot on location in San Francisco, California, and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. It is the first film to utilize the dolly zoom, an in-camera effect that distorts perspective to create disorientation, to convey Scottie’s acrophobia. As a result of its use in this film, the effect is often referred to as “the Vertigo effect.”

Vertigo received mixed reviews upon initial release, but is now often cited as a classic Hitchcock film and one of the defining works of his career.

  • Psycho

Is an 1960 American Psychological thriller.

Psycho initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Leigh and Best Director for Hitchcock. Psycho is now considered one of Hitchcock’s best films and praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars. Ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films, and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the slasher film genre.

How did Hitchcock create suspense?

  • In the audiences minds

Hitchcock understood why the audience would put themselves in the positions to watch his films, for their enjoyment and entertainment. As a director Hitchcock knew that he need to make sure they felt like what they are watching was as realistic as possible so they felt more personally emotions as the film developed or changed. He wants them however to  understand the boundaries and be aware that this film isn’t real and that they can walk out of watching it and resume their normal lives, but still remember the film and how it made them feel.

  • Frame for emotion

The main goal for the scene is to create an emotion within the audience, wether it be fed, compassion, hatred or upset. First Hitchcock could really see the best place for where the camera should be placed to create a certain emotion within the audience. Hitchcock used this theory of proximity to plan out his scenes, because the emotion is really shown through the actors facial expression, so a mid shot doesn’t show the emotion as clearly as a close up.

  • Camera is not a camera

Hitchcock looked at the camera to have human qualities, he wanted it to roam around the room and look for the suspicious item that will change the audiences emotion and create a fitting atmosphere. This allows the audience to feel like they are involved in uncovering the plot, close ups where also used to show the really important elements of the plot.

  • Dialogue means nothing

One character must be preoccupied in the dialogue scene, their eyes can be preoccupied whilst the other character doesn’t notice which pulls the audience into the more secretive life of the characters.

“People don’t always express their inner thoughts to one another,” said Hitchcock, “a conversation may be quite trivial, but often the eyes will reveal what a person thinks or needs.” The focus of the scene should never be on what the characters are actually saying. Have something else going on. Resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.

“In other words we don’t have pages to fill, or pages from a typewriter to fill, we have a rectangular screen in a movie house,” said Hitchcock.

  • Point of view editing 

Putting an idea into the mind of the character without explaining it in dialogue is done by using a point-of-view shot sequence. This is subjective cinema. You take the eyes of the characters and add something for them to look at.

– Start with a close-up of the actor
– Cut to a shot of what they’re seeing
– Cut back to the actor to see his reaction
– Repeat as desired

You can edit back and forth between the character and the subject as many times as you want to build tension. The audience won’t get bored. This is the most powerful form of cinema, even more important than acting. To take it even further have the actor walk toward the subject. Switch to a tracking shot to show his changing perspective as he walks. The audience will believe they are sharing something personal with the character. This is what Hitchcock calls “pure cinema.”

  • Montage gives you control

Carefully chose a close-up of a hand, an arm, a face, a gun falling to the floor – tie them all together to tell a story. In this way you can portray an event by showing various pieces of it and having control over the timing. You can also hide parts of the event so that the mind of the audience is engaged. Hitchcock said this was “transferring the menace from the screen into the mind of the audience.”

Basic rule: anytime something important happens, show it in a close-up. Make sure the audience can see it.

  • Keep the story simple

If your story is confusing or requires a lot of memorization, you’re never going to get suspense out of it. The key to creating that raw Hitchcock energy is by using simplistic, linear stories that the audience can easily follow. Everything in your screenplay must be streamlined to offer maximum dramatic impact. Remove all extraneous material and keep it crisp. Each scene should include only those essential ingredients that make things gripping for the audience. As Hitchcock says, “what is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out…”

An abstract story will bore the audience. This is why Hitchcock tended to use crime stories with spies, assassinations, and people running from the police. These sort of plots make it easy to play on fear, but are not mandatory for all movies.

  • Characters must break cliche 

Make the characters change what they audience expect, completely change the perspective.  They should have unexpected personalities, making decisions on a whim rather than what previous buildup would suggest. These sort of ironic characters make them more realistic to the audience.

Hitchcock criminals tend to be wealthy upper class citizens whom you’d never suspect, the policeman and politicians are usually the bumbling fools, the innocent are accused, and the villains get away with everything because nobody suspects them. They surprise you at every step of the plot.

  • Use humour to add tension

Humour is essential to Hitchcock storytelling. Pretend you are playing a practical joke on the main character of your movie. Give him the most ironic situations to deal with. You’ll also find that Hitchcock tended to use comical old women to add a flavor of innocent humor in his films. They will usually be opinionated, chatty, and have a highly optimistic view about crime. If someone were committing a crime they might even help with it.

  • Two things happening at once 

Build tension into a scene by using contrasting situations. Use two unrelated things happening at once. The audience should be focused on the momentum of one, and be interrupted by the other.

  • Suspense is information

“Information” is essential to Hitchcock suspense; showing the audience what the characters don’t see. If something is about to harm the characters, show it at beginning of the scene and let the scene play out as normal. Constant reminders of this looming danger will build suspense.

“The essential fact is to get real suspense you must let the audience have information.” –Alfred Hitchcock

  • Surprise and twist 

Once you’ve built your audience into gripping suspense it must never end the way they expect. Lead them in one direction and then pull the rug out from under them in a surprise twist.

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