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Netflix’s new ghost hunting series Lockwood & Co. does not rely on jump scares, says director Joe Cornish

Ghost stories and jump scares often go hand in hand, but Joe Cornish didn’t want his new Netflix series “Lockwood & Co.” to rely too heavily on that particular device.

Based on Jonathan Stroud’s book series of the same name, the show is set during a ghost pandemic. Follows a group of three teenagers (played by Ruby Stokes, Cameron Chapman. Ali Hadji Heshmati) who make up London’s only adult-free ghost-hunting agency The film depicts. Cornish, best known for directing John Boyega’s breakout 2011 film Attack the Block, wrote and directed the show. But how exactly did he create the series’ eerie scenes?

Cornish: “We put a lot of effort into the lighting and the amount of light. We made sure that the objects were fully legible, but we also made sure to look into the shadows a little bit,” said Cornish in the latest issue of SFX magazine, which features Teen Wolf on its cover. I think the sound is very important, and silence is also important.

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Many modern media

Many modern media are terrified of silence, and often the most interesting moments are when nothing happens. We tried not to create too many jumps scares; there are one or two, but we tried to create an atmosphere of creeping terror rather than giving people a heart attack.

He adds. ‘In other movies or TV shows, the ghosts might glance at you like a jump scare and then quickly vanish. So we had to devise a design to move the camera and get them involved in the action scenes, allowing them to jump up and down and dive in and out of the corner.

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Lockwood & Co. will be available on Netflix on January 27. For more on this series, pick up a copy of the new SFX Magazine, out Wednesday, December 28! You can order your copy online.

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