The trailer uses short and quick clips throughout in a montage. This makes me feel excited for the actual film as many questions are provoked by the trailer. As shown above from the screenshots of the clip, the audience will want to know what is happening in the clip and why this may be happening. Plus, much of the trailer may not make much sense, however, this is purposely done in an attempt to confuse the audience in order for them to have unanswered questions which will be answered in the actual film.
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As show below, each screenshot is taken from a different scene throughout the film trailer and tells a different mini story within the whole films story. As a result of this, the audience will have a range of questions on why this may be happening. Furthermore, each scene links to the next in a story telling fashion at the same time as it confuses the audience. This will further create excitement with the audience due to the mixture of emotions shown throughout the film.
“ An Illegal organisation at the core of the black market in the UK has been chased for years by MI5. After multiple instances of investigative research on this organisation, the MI5 developed a case to take them down. At the core of this situation is a newly recruited spy, who is undercover for the MI5. However, after growing a strong bond with the head of the illegal organisation, the undercover officer has a decision to make. Tell the CIA the right or wrong location? Both carrying life threatening risks!”
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The illegal organisation within the film an be seen when we consider the deal that is taking place between the main character and the second in the car. The reason for this may be blurred to the audience creating multiple questions.
The newly recruited spy an obviously be seen by the audience as the main character due to him being in a range of situations throughout the film trailer. However, his actions have caused him to become deeply engaged in a situation that forces him to make a decision, shown right at the end of the trailer.
The strong bond that is created between the two characters seen most in the film trailer is obvious due to them working together. However, this bond has a considerable effect on the main character when he is stuck with a “Split Decision”. This message can be seen with the film, but vaguely which was purposely done in order to confuse the audience so that they will want to find the answers to these questions.
Below, you an see the different scenes within my film trailer and shows a mixture of locations and situations. This confuses the audience through much of the film and most people may not understand what the film is about. However, this is purposely done in order for the audience to ask questions about why such situations may be happening and what this may mean. As a result of this, the audience will want to go to the cinema to find the answers to these questions.
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Creating n emphasis n the main characters focus and relationship with a powerful drug dealer. This will ensure that the audience fear the danger that could occur if the situation goes downhill.
Also, the use of quick cuts between scenes within the film trailer, not only does this confuse the audience but adds to the excitement of the trailer. On top of this, each scene is quite dangerous for the main character in the film which would excite the audience.
Finally, the use of short, quick clips within the trailer creates confusion causing the audience to question the film and its story. This therefore will require for the audience to go to the cinema and watch the actual film in order to find the answer to such questions.
Not only does the trailer confuse the audience a considerable amount, but the trailer tries to excite the audience in a number of ways, including...
Chris Pass who plays Boris in this film is very much a big and mysterious character, but also at the same time is very direct with his approach and thinking to situations within the film. This is key to the character that he plays as the situation he is in within the film requires a quick, direct approach.
Terrance Spiers is a character who is mainly direct and open to any situation he comes across. These are perfect features of the character and also meet the specifications of this character as he will be set several tasks that require him to be ready for anything that he may come across.
The genre of the film is ‘Thriller’, so in an attempt to ”Thrill” the audience I needed to confuse the audience so that they would ask questions which would be answered at the cinema. The actors therefore are required to be quite mysterious in there actions throughout the film, but also direct in their approaches.
Also, they need to add a sense of excitement within the film so that I can still keep the attention of the audience and are not filled with boredom by such confusion in the story. The actors are therefore required to take direct action in specific scenes such as the fight scene with the main character.
Firstly, I used a range of scenes in relation to the core story, which are slightly similar, but mostly different in a montage. This adds a variety to the clip which will keep the audiences attention to the film trailer although the story may be full of confusion.
Each clip within the montage of the film trailer lasts only a couple of seconds each which adds speed and excitement to the story which also keeps the audience entertained.
This use of speed and quick cuts from scene to scene is very advantageous to the film as the audience are intrigued to find out more on the story, but also want to see the intense action shown in the trailer.
The soundtrack used for my film trailer is very much fast paced and exciting which only partly suits my film trailer’s story and genre. However, due to the storyline being very confusing, this soundtrack helps add the excitement side to the trailer which should keep the audiences attention throughout the film trailer.
Also, the use of the soundtrack will add a slight intensity to the trailer helping the audience to further question what is happening within the film trailer. Also, the areas I have added scenes that intend to entertain the audience rather than confuse them will be suited with this film trailer used.
“ A man on his own...” – Used in a voice over.
“ He has to make a choice...” – Used in a voice over.
“ What...will...he...do...” – Text that flashes on screen.
“ ...When...stuck...with...a...” – Text that flashes on screen.
To help them something to remember the film by in order for it to stand out from other films.
Also, the catchphrases are used to help the film catch the audiences attention when they may be watching the trailer through. This would be very effective for a film trailer that tends to confuse its audience with the story, ensuring the trailer has the full attention of its audience.
Also, the catchphrases used in the film trailer an also be used as a marketing tool in other ancillary products I will be creating.
Todorov's Narrative Theory?
Todorov suggested that a conventional film narrative is split into five key stages, which may not all be used in relation to a film trailer as the whole plot is not given away. In relation to my film trailer…
The film begins with an equilibrium as the main character is meeting up with another person due to him being undercover. This seems to be very normal to the audience.
As soon as the trailer moves on, we see the characters situation getting worse as he is in a troubled situation. This situation causes him to have been stuck in the middle, meaning he therefore has a “ Split Decision ” to make.
The solution to the situation is therefore identified from this situation not only by the main character in the middle of this situation, but the respective outer characters on the edge of the situation.
The solution identified leaves the audience on edge, but does not identify the character attempting to reach this solution as I have attempted to leave the audience questioning the film and wanting to see what happens next.
Propp’s Narrative Theory?
In relation to my film trailer, Propp’s theory can identify the classic hero of the story which is the main character. However, if thought about much more closely, the main character could turn out to be a little bit of a false hero . The answer to this must be identified by the audience from their point of view.
Also, the trailer portrays the most obvious character type in relation to Propp’s theory; the villain who very much creates a disruption in the trailer, especially for the main character as he has to maker a ‘Split Decision’.
In relation to my film trailers audience; they are actively seeking to consume my product due to the film trailer injecting ideas and information into my audience.
This injection of ideas and values is through the questions and suggestions that audience may be provided by the story or even part story my film trailer provides.
Such ideas may include the title of the film first of all; ‘Split Decision’ which will cause the audience to instantly make suggestions and guesses about the film. Once the film trailer begins, the actions of the main character in the first few scenes including the voice over will further inject ideas into my audience. This theory can be seen to further inject ideas from the rest of the film trailer.
How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
Throughout this project I have used such programs as Macromedia Fireworks and Pinnacle studios 12. these programs have helped me to…
Create my film trailer due to pinnacle studios 12 being specialised in the creation of videos and provided me with the tools I needed to make the most effective trailer.
It also helped me to create my ancillary products and texts including my DVD cover due to it being a very useful design tool.
Also, many of my title and texts used in my media video used a mixture of the two;
Macromedia fireworks helped with my film title.
Pinnacle helped create some of the slogans used in the trailer.
How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?
When I consider my main film trailer product and ancillary products I feel together they do work well…
Due to them following a similar theme that portrays the film as being slightly mysterious and confusing to the audience.
This is because the colour scheme is very simple but also very effective when used together; Black suggests the mysterious and dark side to the film. Whereas the red brings out the danger of the film, this will catch the audience eye as they will understand what this colour means and relate it all back to the storyline that they had seen in cinemas.
Also, I feel that both also catch the audience eye due to them hitting them with so much information at once. The audience will therefore make suggestions and theories about the film and its story and therefore want to see the film again.