Imagine you’re watching a thriller film.
The protagonist, a detective pursuing a serial killer, has decided to investigate a basement in an abandoned house.
As she slowly descends the rickety stairs, the soundtrack softly dies. The creak of each step is magnified. The lights flicker. There’s a close-up of her face, and you can see the fear in her eyes.
You want to scream at the television “Don’t go down those stairs!” because you’re sure the murderer is lurking below.
With a combination of cinematic techniques, the director has succeeded in making your heart race. They’ve created a suspenseful atmosphere by increasing the volume of certain sounds, pulling the camera in close, and dimming the lights. [Read more…]