Question 1: in what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
How does the trailer USE conventions of real media products? We used conventions by analysing existing trailers looking at actors, plots, music, how they’re constructed – for example the pace of cuts.
Actors The genre of our trailer is romantic comedy so the two lead characters will of course be male and female love interests. There’s often a conflict or problem keeping them apart which may be another character. The actors for these parts are usually familiar with this genre and become a convention in themselves as they star in so many.
Storyline The plot is often quite unrealistic with a narrative typical of Todorov’s theory in which the story fits a pattern of development – Equilibrium, Disequilibrium, and the New Equilibrium.
Soundtrack The music used solely in trailers is usually upbeat with lyrics that would relate to the storyline, such as in 500 Days of Summer, a film which gave me many ideas for our own trailer. http://www.amazon.co.uk/500-Days-Summer-Various-Artists/dp/B002BAODSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302290840&sr=8-1
Editing Fast paced cuts keep the action interesting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQdy98B1nf0
Our media product Our plot was simple and typical to genre We found examples of amateur trailers that were similar to our own ideas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikCk0u2QpuQ
Rather than using a voice over like many existing films http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILCB_f0IIyIwe chose to use titles screens to help our audience follow the plot
The previous trailer also inspired some of our initial ideas for a soundtrack such as • Hall & Oates – You Make my Dreams • The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition And • Mumm-ra – She’s Got you High, which made our cut
Our poster I researched into typical conventions included in romantic comedy film postershttp://sspa2media.blogspot.com/2011/01/today-we-began-researching-typical.html#comments
Two main characters clearly shown Details on when the films are out Romantic setting in the background Actors names clearly stated Both incorporate two colours into the title
Our magazine cover To begin with I had to find the conventions of a typical film magazine cover http://sspa2media.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-preparation-for-creating-our-own.html
Despite the two different genres of film... Easily recognisable title font Main character is focus of image Films from similar genre also on cover Black, white and red colour codes