Romantic DramaFor my media film trailer I have chosen the genre of romantic-drama. I enjoywatching films in this genre and I think it will be a challenging and enjoyable genreto work with.For my film trailer I need to keep in mind the generic conventions. – In a RomanticDrama the generic conventions are a focus on the complicated side of love. Anobstacle in the way of a couple being together – such as death, war, illness. Theobstacle in my film trailer is going to be War. Most romantic-dramas end with thelovers separated – due to the enormity of the obstacle. My characters separate asthe male character dies.
PlanningSet in the 1940’s.This is because I’minterested in thattime, and I thought it Actors – Charlottewould be interesting Romantic drama genre – Harvey, Jake Rayto set my trailer in defined as there being anthe war time. Also I obstacle in the relationshipthink this is a perfect of two people. The obstacletime period for a love will be war.story. – All aspectsneed to be wellthought out – Mise- Film Traileren-scene. Everything in the frame Locations Romantic settings Costumes – the lane in Look at 1940’s clothing – look Lots of poppies in Priorslee – out of at some of nans photos – young the fields – the way and quiet. woman in the 1940’s. symbolism. Hairstyles, make up and Represents the Ambient lighting costume all need to be lives lost in World and sound – more accurate and relate to the time. War 1 and 2. romantic
Plot• To be set in the 1940’s – Romantic drama• Based on a young couple – Rosie and Jay who are separated when Jay goes to war• Rosie is the protagonist in the film• There will be scenes of the couple together – laughing, happy times, running round the fields• Childhood scenes to be filmed with young actors• The trailer will start with the actors as children – innocent sweet scenes and then will go to the actors as young adults running round the fields• The scenes will be continuous edited, so the scenes are quite short but theres a lot of content, the scenes will flow – for example the scene of the children running will fade out into the characters running round as young adults.
Plot• Jay will then tell Rosie he has signed up for war. I intend for the sound in my film trailer to be a voice over, because the camera will pick up some interference and background noise, which isn’t the atmosphere that I want for my trailer. However, for this scene in the trailer I want to a bit of dialogue, to represent the desperation in the female character at the thought of losing her partner.• Jay will return from war and propose to Rosie• When he goes back to war he will be killed• Rosie will receive a telegram informing her of Jays death, I want this to be slightly mysterious at first, I want her to open the telegram, then for the shot to change to her putting on a black coat (representing black with a funeral), then for her to hold a photo of Jay, and then to see the telegram properly – an extreme close up on the word ‘killed’.• Then a montage of memories of the two together – fast edited – them as younger characters and old. Fade the scenes out and maybe lighten or give a dreamy effect to them, so it is clear they are flashbacks and memories.
Torodov’s Narrative TheoryTzvetan Todorov suggested that conventional narratives are structured in 5 stages:· A state of equilibrium at the outset· A disruption of the equilibrium by some action· A recognition that there has been a disruption· An attempt to repair the disruption· A reinstatement of the equilibriumTorodov’s theory applied to my film trailer ideas -The theory states that Equilibrium (everything is how it should be) will be had at thestart of the film, then there will be disequilibrium, and then equilibrium will be restored.Equilibrium - Romantic settings, loving relationship for the young characters.Disequilibrium – Jay goes off to war and dies at war.Equilibrium – After mourning, Rosie ‘let’s go’ and remembers him for the goodmemories.My film plot does not follow the equilibrium theory exactly. For example – in Titanic,the equilibrium is not fully restored according to Torodov’s theory as Jack dies on theTitanic. Like Jay dies in my trailer, so equilibrium cannot be re-stored. However inTitanic Rose moves on and starts a new life. Which is like my film, Rosie begins a newlife, and says in the voice over that she has ‘let go’.
Target AudienceThe target audience of my film trailer isgoing to be predominantly female. I havefound that the target audience forromantic films are mostly femalesalthough the age varies with plots(through questionnaire). For my filmtrailer I want to target a young adultaudience – around 16-25 as my actorsare young and I think that the plot of thestory will interest them the most.This age range will be able to connectwith the characters more as they arearound the same age, and if we were inthe 1940’s this is something they wouldhave to face.
PromotionTo advertise my film I would create postershowever also promote the film through socialnetworking sites like Facebook and Twitter.This would target my audience through acommon source of communication used bythis age range. It would also ensure a widerange of people saw the advertising. I wouldalso promote my film through Internet MovieDatabase and YouTube, as they are commonways that people watch film trailers, as well ashaving an official film site. My film trailerwould also be shown in cinemas and ontelevision.
RatingsRating – I will give my film trailer a 12Arating, there will be minimal swearing(the use of certain words may be neededin that actual film due to loss), no nudity,violence or drugs in my film trailer and Idon’t believe the style of my film wouldneed anything above a 12A. This willincrease the audience of my film asyounger children will be able to watch it,however I don’t want the rating loweredany further as this would mean the filmcould be viewed as aimed at children,which it is not.These are the guidelines set by the BBFCfor a 12A classification.
ActorsYoung Rosie Young JayPlayed by Izzy Played by JackAge 6 Age 6 Adult Rosie Adult Jay Played by Charlotte Played by Jake Age 17 Age 17
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CostumeFor my costumes my actress Charlotte has a number of dressesthat she thought would be suitable. She brought a number ofthem to show me and I finalised three of them to use in my trailer.They all look very 1940’s, they are fitted tea dresses which suit thepart well.
Army CostumeThe army costume of my male character is very important. I need the costume to look realand believable. So I trailed the charity shops in Shifnal and looked through the dramacupboard at school however we could not find anything that could accurately represent asoldier’s costume.Charlotte’s dad works at RAF Cosford, and he was able to get us in touch with a man incharge of soldier’s costumes from the War and let us borrow one.He gave us an original army pilot’s clothing to use, we had the trousers and the jacket, andthen we put a blue shirt underneath with a plain tie. This costume was brilliant as it makesmy film trailer look more realistic and authentic.We did get a pilots hat as well to film with, however it was not the right size for my actorJake so we were unable to use it. I am also very aware that in the war my character wouldnot be able to keep his long hair and have it swept over his face like he has. However, Jakeshair is very thick and we were unable to push it back as the gel would not hold it. It alsomade his hair look very greasy, so I decided not to use it. Although this hairstyle would notbe accepted in the war, I think that as the costume is very relevant to the time and anoriginal piece of clothing, the hairstyle is not massively important as I have thought ofeverything else.
Young Character CostumeThese are a selection ofIzzy’s dresses that suitedthe time period. I chosethe middle dress,because it looks moreauthentic and olderfashioned than the othertwo – and this part of thetrailer would be set inthe 1930’s as they’reyounger. For Jacks costume he is wearing a white school shirt, with an Idsall prefect tie and a dark blue jumper. He is wearing his school trousers which are grey and smart. His costume is smart along with Izzy’s and they are both suited to the time. I’ve tied Izzy’s hair up as it scrapes the hair off her face which most females did in the 1930/1940’s.
StylingBefore I started filming, I had a sessionstyling Charlotte. For her hair I twisteda front section and twirled it round atthe back, this is very similar to some ofthe styles I have looked at from the1940’s. I found it really helpful stylingCharlotte so I knew what to do before Iactually filmed, so it made things a lotquicker on the day.
StylingThese two femalecharacters – from1940’s set romanticdramas- were stylesthat I looked at whenstyling my ownactress. I used deep red lipstick on my character, this adds sophistication, and it makes the actor look beyond her years, which is a common in the 1940’s, women in there teens often looked like they were in there mid to late 20’s.
Sounds• For my film trailer I want my female character – the protagonist – to do a voice over. The voice over will reflect her life with Jay. I find this easier to do than dialogue because the dialogue could be interfered with background noise.• In the background of the voice over, I want a soundtrack to be played.• A backing track without words which could interfere with the voiceover .• I want the music for my trailer to be quite sad and graceful, to match the theme of the trailer.• Because of copyright laws we obviously can’t use an existing song, however we’re unsure of whether we can use an existing piece of music but compose it ourselves. So to save any problems I have asked my sister to compose some music on the piano.• I can then edit the sound using the Apple Macs and can speed up or slow down the pace of the music and manipulate it to how I want it.
Photos For Magazine - StylingFor the film magazine, I want Charlotte who playsRosie the protagonist to have a posed photo. Ihave curled Charlottes hair – this is to give herhair volume, however have curled the hairinwards which adds less of a dramatic look thanoutward curls would. I thought that it would suitCharlottes character better. She wears one of thedresses we used for filming.
Film Poster IdeasThis is the photo I have I’ve had a go at editing thein mind for my film photo - I thought I mightposter. I haven’t done a fade the male character aslot of research, but I he dies, to make the posterhave done a bit, and I more interesting but also tothink I’d like to use this represent the film. This isphoto with the writing something I will exploredown the side. more.