How To Write Suspense – Van Ditthavong

Film Courage: How do you write suspense?

Van Ditthavong, Filmmaker/PhotographerAgain painfully. I think it’s setting up that world. For me I love setting up that world maybe because I was a photographer and I love where I can describe the room, describe the sound and then I know for me terror isn’t in your face. It’s like if things are quiet and then all the sudden you start to hear my voice and then suddenly you hear a cup crash in the other room and we both turn, that’s scary to me versus music. I think pacing is a great part of it and I know to have the audience want something that they don’t want to see but are curious about so you try to lead them on as long as possible before you frustrate the audience by doing it. I’m still working on it. Hopefully the next…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).








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