Analysis of a promotional package Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
PosterThere are several different promotional posters for this film, including:
The fact that the vast majority of the Harry Potter and the Half-BloodPrince’s promotional posters feature screenshots from significant scenes of the film is a clever way or marketing – it creates intrigue and makes the viewer want to find out what happens in the scene. The poster I have chosen to analyse, however, is the one below, due to the fact that it is simple, yet striking.
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How synergy is created between the poster and the magazine:•The protagonist and film’s namesake (Harry Potter) is featured on both•The background in both is extremely dark and moody – this suggests the moodand genre of the film to the viewer
Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpCPvHJ6p90This trailer is interesting to analyse as it incorporates a flashback, similar to the one inour trailer. This will give me a insight into some of the editing techniques used when aflashback is involved.Camera angles: High-angle long-shot (establishing shot), bird’s-eye view, close-up,extreme close-up (shows detail) mid-shot, low-angle shot (creates vulnerability),two-shot, over-the-shoulder shot.Editing: Rhythmic (in time with soundtrack), fades at beginning to create suspense,match-on-action (creates continuity), cuts/fades to black (tension, suspense, alsocreates the sense of time passing - flashback).
Sound: Diagetic: Dumbledore speaking, woman speaking, boy speaking, sound effects (windblowing through grass, running through grass, growling, water splashing), silence(atmospheric, unnerving),Non-diagetic: Choral, atmospheric soundtrack which helps to create suspense, stings (echo-ey, heavy drumbeat, string instruments; creates tension and the sense that something is aboutto happen, or put emphasis on a particular shot, e.g shots of Voldemort), boy’s voice turnsinto voiceover, soundtrack changes (traditional, recognisable Harry Potter soundtrack –mysterious), atmospheric echoing, burning sound, voiceover (exchange between Harry andVoldemort), one single heavy drumbeat (atmospheric, emphatic).Mise-en-scène: Dark lighting which appears almost candle-lit(mysterious, atmospheric), Dumbledore’s attire and long beard give him a sense ofwisdom, glass vials appear mysterious, ornate and magical, boy looks pale and moody(austere), fire appearing out of nowhere (magical, unnerving), flickering to Voldemort createsa sense of fear.How synergy is created between the trailer and the poster:•Institutional information is featured in both•Same dark lighting•Same font used•Protagonist is featured in bothHow synergy is created between the trailer and the magazine:•Protagonist is featured in both•Same dark lighting