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how to not release the tension of a story?!?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:15 pm
by Kickass-Portfolio
i am making a manga story about a women who has fallen down
and the tension of the story is pretty much at a peak
how do i continue without lowering the tension and excitement for the reader
but also without the reader getting used to all the tension too much
so a nice sweet balance how do i achieve that?

how to not release the tension of a story?!?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:27 pm
by tomboyhippyprincess
Hi! This is a sort of vague question but as a person who is very passionate about writing and visual media I'll throw in my two cents.

When you want a scene to be particularly tense in a visual platform like a manga, it's generally a good idea to have the lighting and "camera" reflect the mood. Manga is typically in black and white so harsh colors are already in play. When it comes to the light source itself usually darker is better for tension. Where the light is coming from can vary, but usually a light source that leaves some things to the imagination is good.

Take a look at this image: http://lovehorrormovies.com/wp-content/ ... ts-out.png It's not from a particularly great movie but this is a good example of tense lighting. The room is almost entirely dark other than the subject, that being the woman with the flashlight. But even so, some of her face is obscured entirely into the dark such as her right eye, and it also highlights the creases on her face, especially on her eyebrows which are furrowed with worry. If her face was fully lit, not only would she have a less exaggerated look of fear, but she would also look more "in control." If she was a fully lit subject in a dark room, she would stand out and look powerful in a way, but because she's slipping into the dark of the room she looks as if she's almost hiding within the scenery.

Now for camera angles, look at this: http://www.thepurpledon.com/wp-content/ ... 0x169.jpeg In this image, the woman looks helpless. The reason for this is the clever use of the camera that makes her look physically smaller than the axe bursting through the door. Camera angles that make a character look tiny or weak generally add a large sense of tension. This is typically seen in camera angles that point down at a character to make them appear small: https://katrinajaws.files.wordpress.com ... entors.jpg
However, its also useful to have shots that are too close and feel claustrophobic: https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5 ... 68_AL_.jpg
Anything that looks visually uncomfortable is great for tension. As for keeping up that tension in a visual sense, try and keep things visually interesting. If you want to use multiple downwards angles, change up where they are as to not appear "samey." Play around with the things I suggested and maybe break the rules a bit! Sometimes even an upward angle can make a character appear helpless! https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e2/00/01 ... e4b52a.jpg

Good luck and have fun with your manga!

how to not release the tension of a story?!?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:58 am
by Plumbum
Some nice tips, but hope you are aware that this is a troll and he was banned for posting pornographic bad art.

how to not release the tension of a story?!?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:25 am
by tomboyhippyprincess
Plumbum wrote:Some nice tips, but hope you are aware that this is a troll and he was banned for posting pornographic bad art.


I was not aware of that! Thanks for the info!

how to not release the tension of a story?!?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:58 am
by Ambiguity
Guess I should have locked his threads, sorry about that.