The Sound of Suspense
Suspense – that magical in-between time of prolonged anticipation – is the hallmark of some of cinema’s most iconic moments.
Whilst there are many techniques filmmakers can use to suspend an audience - to have them clinging to what has already been revealed, whilst forming their own expectations of horrors to come - one of the most interesting and effective is the use of sound. What is heard, what is silenced or concealed, and how it is composed can enhance and contribute to our increasingly anxious feelings - when we know that a proverbial cinematic bomb has been set, right up until the agonising moment of it going off.
As part of Filmic – our annual look at the creative connections across film and music – throughout March we’ll be immersing ourselves in some of cinema’s most suspenseful soundscapes.