Build suspense like Hitchcock– what’s under the table?

Listen to the great Alfred Hitchcock describe the difference in film how you create suspense versus surprise:

Consider now this dinner scene:

Following Hitchcock’s advice, write a film scene indicating how the audience will know exactly what is under the table, how it will be revealed, and then relieved. What is under the table?

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There are 3 written responses to this assignment.

There’s a snake under the table !

Written by Ronald on May 13, 2015 4:54 am
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What's under the table?

Imagination is always just out of sight, around the bend, under the table

Written by @sandramardene on May 12, 2015 9:15 pm
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Under the Table

Snake under the table

Written by @ronald_2008 on May 12, 2015 3:41 pm
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They sit round the table and the adults talk
The children have to be quiet.
1 little boy hears something under the table
The boy looks and sees a poisonous snake
He tries to say something but gets told to be quiet
The boy looks again
The snake gets agitated as the discussion gets louder

The boy wets his pants of fear
His mother tells him to sit straight and by setting him correctly at the table touches his leg
The mother feels the wet leg
She looks down at the leg and sees the wet trousers
Then in the corner of her eye she sees a movement
She looks under the table and sees the snake

She shouts
All get up and go from the table
1 adult gets a walking stick and beats the snake to death