How ‘Searching’ Creates Tension | Anatomy of a Scene


hi my name is Anisha Nicole writer and director of searching the film is about a dad whose daughter goes to find her the entire film takes place on the devices that we use everyday to communicate that’s laptops cell phones desktop computers basically every single tool that we use everyday is a tool that we used to tell the story he is realizing that his daughter might actually gain piano classes that she goes to every Friday so he’s going to try and find out how to reach her there a trick to kind of boring time like how do we Elevate this concept how do we make it feel like a capital m and not just a gimmick of a ceiling that was lasting for 90 minutes we’ve learned and that has been developed over the last hundred years what at the camera push in or a dolly or a lens flare or just like a narrative trick if it was figured out before small appliance to it we will be making something hopefully that feels like something that you’ve never seen before has not been going to classes the last few weeks but I’m realizing that his daughter is actually not at all the person that he thought she was so he’s looking at two guys right now we’re kind of tanning back and forth we’re punching in and we’re kind of mixing live action footage and animated footage I don’t think any of us including us the riders in the filmmakers originally thought was possible but it’s why we’ve made this movie because when we realize we could pull it off we Todd hey wouldn’t be really really cool experience for Noddy inside
A man logs on. Tension ensues. That’s the basic premise of the thriller “Searching,” which takes place on screens and devices and follows a father (John Cho) on the hunt for his missing daughter. Read a review of “Searching”: https://nyti.ms/2w6xPWW

In this sequence, the father, David, tries to contact his daughter through her piano teacher. Mr. Chaganty discusses what it took to film the sequence, using the tools of cinema like zooms, pans and cuts to elevate the tension of computer searches and email conversations.

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