Once again, some excellent advice from renowned screenwriter, William C. Martell, on how to create suspense in your screenplays.

Suspense, he tells us is the anticipation of action. He says  that it’s all about dramatic irony, where the audience are made aware of imminent danger while the characters themselves remain happily oblivious. And a mistake many screenwriters make is to jump straight into the action rather than drawing the scene out, allowing for mounting tension.

 

Martell will be joining us at Raindance Film Festival this year – no suspense there.