Building Tension & Suspense

From character design to score, find out how filmmakers keep you on the edge of your seat.
Inglourious Basterds — The Elements of Suspense
By Lessons from the Screenplay
See With Your Ears: Spielberg And Sound Design
By Nerdwriter1
The Thing | When Terror Meets Tension
By Films&Stuff
Jaws - How Spielberg Creates Suspense on the Beach
By The Discarded Image
The Dark Knight — How To Elevate Conflict
By Tyler Mowery
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE: How Tension Is Created
By Mr Nerdista
How A Quiet Place Creates Suspense - Opening Scene Breakdown
By Thomas Flight
SCREAM: How Wes Craven Manipulated Audiences
By Mr Nerdista
3 Ways Steven Spielberg Builds Nail-Biting Suspense
By Fandor
A Quiet Place: Sound Tells The Story | Stories As Lessons
By Nolan Dean
Carrie: How to Create Tension
By Think Story
Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan's Storytelling
By Jack's Movie Reviews
Heat Analysis - Structure & Pacing
By Jack's Movie Reviews
Hitchcock Film Techniques (2004) Part 3
By Borgus Network
How Doubt Works the Tension in the Room
By austinmcconnell
How Hitchcock Creates Suspense
By Entertain The Elk
How Tarantino Builds Tension
By Fandor
Jurassic Park Analysis - Themes, Tension & CGI
By Jack's Movie Reviews
Mastering the Film Score: How to Build Suspense
By StudioBinder
Tension, Conflict & Suspense! How to create it in a story.
By Two Wordy
The Art of THE THING: Creating Grotesque Beauty
By Ryan Hollinger
What Makes a Movie Scary?
By Now You See It
Green Room - Sustaining Tension
By Cinema Scares
How The Famous Water Cup Scene In Jurassic Park Was Shot
By Fandor
WHIPLASH | Victim to a Master Manipulator
By MUST SEE FILMS
1 Brilliant Moment of Tension
By CineFix
Alien (1979) - Engineering Terror
By The Discarded Image
An interview w/ Alfred Hitchcock on filmmaking, suspense, nightmares & more! (1966)
By Eyes on Cinema
Anatomy of Horror - Claustrophobia
By Cinema Scares
Andy Muschietti on How He Directed IT
By The Directors Cut
Apprentices of Suspense - Hitchcock's Techniques and Their Influence
By Frame Dissection
At World's End — How to Build the Perfect Action Sequence | Film Perfection
By Filmento
BAFTA winning Sam Mendes breaks down tense action scene from award winning '1917' - BBC
By BBC
BEWARE! This video is EVIL — How to Build Suspense with Shot Composition
By StudioBinder
Blue Ruin and Green Room - The Art of Suspense
By CinemaWizardBoy
Bong Joon-ho - Suspense in Sound
By Akshay Pradeep
David Fincher Explains How He Directed Gone Girl
By The Directors Cut
Denis Villeneuve & His Cinema of Ambiguity — Directing Styles Explained
By StudioBinder
Dialogue Dive: Tension in Breaking Bad's End Times
By Savage Books
Do The Right Thing – Turn Up the Heat
By The Royal Ocean Film Society
DUNKIRK: Editing the Suspense Snowball
By This Guy Edits
Framing the Picture: Sound and Tension in Boogie Nights’s Drug Deal Sequence
By Matt Marlin
Gareth Evans - The Pain of Suspense
By Cinema Scares
How Jordan Peele Builds Suspense in ‘Us’ | Anatomy of a Scene
By The New York Times
How ‘Searching’ Creates Tension | Anatomy of a Scene
By The New York Times
How THE THING Went from Failure to Classic
By Brockrin
Inglourious Basterds - Language Expert Breaks Down Pub Scene
By JackHoward
Jaws - How Spielberg Creates Tension
By Jack's Movie Reviews
Jojo Rabbit – How to Direct a Gut-Punch [Director's Playbook]
By StudioBinder
La La Land: Incepting The Dream Ballet Finale | Film Analysis
By Take Me To Your Cinema
Live. Die. Escalate: Raising the Stakes in Edge of Tomorrow
By Rossatron
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — How Tarantino Directs Suspense [Director's Playbook]
By StudioBinder
Parasite: Mastering the Basics of Cinema | Video Essay
By Accented Cinema
Quentin Tarantino on How He Directed Inglourious Basterds
By The Directors Cut
Rope (1948) - Exercise in Mastering Suspense
By Marta Ruggeri
The Anatomy of Tension in Film
By FilmInTheMaking
The Best Scene in Hereditary
By Screened
The Godfather : Video Essay -Louis' Restaurant Scene
By Patryk Czekalski
The House of the Devil - The Terror of Antici...pation
By Cinema Scares
The Incredibles | a Scene of Revelations
By Films&Stuff
The Narrative Genius of Jaws
By Jason Lajoie
The Terrifying Meaning of THE DESCENT
By Ryan Hollinger
The Twilight Zone - A Lesson in Storytelling
By Jack's Movie Reviews
These 3 HITCHCOCK Techniques Are Not Copied Enough
By This Guy Edits
VIDEO ESSAY - How Tarantino uses TENSION in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Analysis)
By The Film Essay
Watch Christian Bale Burn Rubber in ‘Ford v Ferrari’ | Anatomy of a Scene
By The New York Times
Whiplash: Changing Expectations
By JD Thompson
Why Dragged Across Concrete Hits so Hard
By Brickwall Pictures
Brian De Palma - Suspense 
By Trois Couleurs
Heat — Creating The Ultimate Bank Heist Shootout
By Filmento
It Follows - The Power of Tension (Film Essay)
By Mavrik Studios
The Art of Suspense in Film and TV
By Omega Reviews