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Shoot and edit a short sequence (1-3 minutes) using basic film grammar to articulate “following.” Clearly articulate who’s scene it is: someone being followed or someone doing the following. Try to escalate the tension in the sequence with the camera. You must reveal something within the scene.
Remember: Tension for the audience is the delayed answer to a strong question created in the storytelling. The audience has to:
1. Ask the question
2. Care about the question (want to know the answer)
3. You have to tease them with the answer.
1) Articulate “following” (not chasing)
2) Make it clear to the audience who’s scene it is.
3) Escalate the tension.