Trailer research task: Les
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Sound and music
The trailer features the songs that are played throughout the film. Being a film
based on the musical Les Miserables the songs are instantly recognisable and
therefore capture an audience. They also help to gain the attention of the pre
sold audience,such as fans of the musical as they will recognise the music. At
the beginning we hear little Cosette singing the tune of Castle on a cloud "la la
la" from the musical. This quieter beginning is effective in drawing in the
audience by making them curious before getting louder and into the 'bigger
songs' of the musical such as I dreamed a dream. What can be noticed is the fact
that lines from the songs that are key to the storyline such as "Alright my girl on
your way" which leads nicely into "I had a dream my life would be so different
from this hell I'm living". These lines are not only recognised by those who know
the musical but give those with no previous knowledge of the storyline a basic
understanding of the film. What can be recognised is dramatic scenes of the film
are used in the trailer which includes a range of sound effects such as gun shots
and horses whinnying. This all adds to the drama and anticipation in the trailer
making fans our film-watchers more desperate to watch. This shows that this
trailer uses sound successfully to advertise the film which is it's main purpose.
The trailer does not have any voice over such as in other trailers where it may
say the date of the film release. This trailer, simply uses text for such purposes.
The trailer is somewhat narrated through the lyrics of the music to set the scene
and introduce where the film is set such as when Jean Valjean says
"Mademoiselle" a french term, which tells the audience the film is set in France
rather than having to say "In France" and when the cavalry scream "FIREEE"
which tells the audience there is some kind of battle. The fact that this trailer
does not have any voice over and is narrated purely by the lyrics of the song
could also reflect the lack of speech throughout the film. This film is entirely
sung, due to being based on the musical. This could therefore be a reason as to
why the production company have chosen not to add a voice over on to the
trailer as the songs and their lyrics speak for themselves, or tell the story as
This trailer shows all of the main characters who are as follows...
|Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne
Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried as|
|Cosette, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thénardier, Helena Bonham Carter as
Madame Thénardier, Eddie Redmayne as|
|Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras,Samantha Barks|
|as Éponine, Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche and Isabelle Allen as
All of these actors are shown in the trailer as they may be recognised by the
audience and attract a higher audience figure. The casting of Cosette is
significant as she is the 'poster girl' for the famous musical poster and book
cover. When you get a close up of Isabelle Allen you then get an archaic image of
the original Young Cosette drawing to show who she is. The young girl looks
almost identical, a match on action shot is used later in the trailer to show her
older self, which is again well cast as she looks just like her. Helena Bonham
Carter known for her extravagant roles is again well cast as Madame Thénardier
Due to the trailer being used to show the action in the
film what is common is close ups to show the
characters emotions or establishing shots to set the
scene. Such as this close up shot and establishing
The shot where there appears to be thousands of
army men is most likely CGI as directing that many
individuals would be an enormous task.
Mise en scene
The characters are wearing clothing of which was
worn in times long ago. Army uniforms also show that
there is a theme of conflict (The French Revolution)
whilst dark eye make up on Jean Valjean as he pulls
on a rope for "Look down" shows that his character is
ill. Dark lighting shows the dark nature of the film
whereby several die including that of a child.
Some of the action in the scenes appears to be that of CGI which makes there
appear to be more people than there actually is which creates an atmosphere.
There are several clips from the film compiled together to create the trailer. What
can be recognised is that many of the clips/extracts from the scenes are from
that of key parts of the film and show a lot of action. These all add to the
dramatic effect of the trailer and make the audience want to go and watch it.
What can be recognised is the fact that towards the end of the film there are
several shorter clips that cut between each other really quickly. I believe that the
use of these short clips towards the end of the film make you want to see more
of them but by cutting them off short the production company have made the
audience wanting to see more and therefore more likely to go and watch the film
at the cinema or purchase a copy which is the key purpose of this trailer.
Choice of titles
The titles in this trailer are mainly to credit both the actors and the
director. What can be recognised is that the 'Hollywood' actors are
often credited first as in this trailer "Hugh Jackman"'s name
comes first followed by others such as "Anne Hathaway".
Tom Hooper, the director is referred to early on in the trailer as an
"Academy Award winner" for another successful film The King's
Speech. This is an effective marketing tool as by advertising the
fact that the director has previously won an award and by linking
it to a widely successful film this comment suggests to the
perspective audience that this film too will be very good.
A storyline is developed through all of the features
discussed on the earlier slides. It is through the
musical's songs and their lyrics that the story is told
which reflects the musical nature of the film whereby
the story is told through the music. Cinematography
also aids the construction of a narrative by many
close ups to show characters emotion and
establishing shots to show where the characters are
and to set the scene. Mise En Scene, particularly
costumes give a clear indication that the film is set in
an older time.
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