Friday, 21 January 2011

'WHAT LIES BENEATH' - SUSPENSE ANALYSIS

During our media lessons, we went through a sequence of thriller clips, which we then analysed, such as 'What lies beneath,' an American supernatural horror - thriller directed by Robert Zemeckis.



Suspense in this clip is created through various camera angles, which forms a sense of vulnerability for the female role. For example, from 0.12 seconds to 0.34 seconds a low angle close up is panning floor, in the direction of the bathroom, which makes it seem like something is watching.  Also, the first person view when the female is walking towards the bathl, looking down into it works well as it puts the viewer into the position of the character. Furthermore, the use of silence throughout the clip builds a great deal of tension as the audience can see what is happening but cannot hear what is about to come. Towards the end of the clip, a sudden scream of fear from the young lady creates a powerful shock for the audience as well as cutting the tension of silence.

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