Scary films are, as you would imagine, designed to scare people. They bring out the scary thoughts in our lives and make them visual. Scary films, if done well, are very emotional.  However, a scary film is very hard to do and takes a lot of planning and editing.

The jump scare is a big part of a horror film. Let’s learn to make one.

Keep your jump scare short.  LESS than 10 seconds long.

Think about  the following

  • Sound layers
  • Music
  • Sound effects
  • Camera angles
    • What will you use?
    • Camera movement
    • Push in?
    • Pull back?
    • Sidetracking with or without movement?
  • Filter and lighting
  • Which filter works?
  • What lighting works?

Typical outline of a jump scare

  • Slow, slow camera push in or pull back.
  • Scary, building music.  Or… no music at all
  • When bad thing appears
    • Powerful, loud music
    • Quick camera movement


Create  at least one jump scare that is less than 10 seconds long. 


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