In this type of shot, the camera is showing the audience what the character is seeing from his point of view. In a thriller opening scene I could use this shot to create tension by showing what the actor is seeing. This could be of a object or a person that the other actor is looking at, and doesn’t know what is going to happen next.
In this type of shot, I could be following an actor and the audience would feel confused and worried on what might happen to the actor. This would be creating tension and making the audience wonder what is going to happen next. A good example is of the opening scene of the shining, this is the camera is following the car and the audience do not know where the car is going. They are also left wondering why the camera is following the car. Is anything bad going to happen? These questions all create tension in the audience minds.
OVER THE SHOULDER SHOT:
This type of shot can be used while the actor is searching for something or while they are being attacked and the camera can be over the shoulder and the shot can be of the actor and what they are looking at. This can create tension because the audience do not know what is going to happen next.