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gorillaonabike 11-29-2017 07:22 PM

Creating a jump scare
 
How do you do it? What techniques do you personally use to create jumps?

Velusion 11-29-2017 08:11 PM

not sure what you mean.

sfoster 11-29-2017 08:11 PM

There are times when I'm watching TV late at night and a jump scare will freak out my dog.

Just from the sound.

Alcove Audio 11-29-2017 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by sfoster (Post 431343)
There are times when I'm watching TV late at night and a jump scare will freak out my dog.

Just from the sound.


It's the calm/silence before the scare that really sets it up.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYoYK761wwc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO4iWC0fHhE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq0hyGDowes

Quality 11-29-2017 09:47 PM

I think the build-up to the scare is what makes it most effective. You capture your audience into pondering what is going to happen and then, boom!

SupaRubes 03-15-2018 10:43 AM

For me, it's building tension using camera work and sound (and lighting if you have that) before the scare. Don't let the scare be too predictable, have it come from where people might not be expecting.

Here is a short I made recently. There is a jump scare, not done perfectly, but you'll get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foVp5d9hrIg&t=3s

indietalk 03-15-2018 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by gorillaonabike (Post 431341)
How do you do it? What techniques do you personally use to create jumps?

Unexpected is the key. Girl looks out window for lurker. He seems to have disappeared. She begins to turn around. He is in front of her.

Now, there's ways to cut that where you will expect it. There's shots that are setups which are usually unnecessary otherwise, where you know it is coming. Happens all the time. You're watching the movie and say out loud "Watch, he's going to be in the house now." Boom. Then, there's ways to cut it so it is totally unexpected and makes you jump.

Good direction and editing. Not using filler shots to set it up (like, why are they showing her look at herself in the mirror after looking outside?). Abrupt actions. Distorting time (in other words, how did he make it in the house so fast? You jumped because you "expected" him later, if even seconds.).

Sound enhances and drives it home.


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