MISE-EN-SCENEWithin the trailer the main character is wearing a smart/casual suit. Thiswould suggest that he is more important than the other train travellers asthey are wearing casual clothing e.g. jumpers and t-shirts. The realism ofthe mise en scene used signifies that the content within the trailer shouldbe viewed as realistic, it also helps reflect the genre of the film; being sci-fiaction with a psychological twist as it allows the audience to view andrelate to the sci-fi content as being part of real life. E.g. when the maincharacter is placed in the ‘source code’. Another aspect that contributesto reflecting the sci-fi content is the machines and technology that thegovernment officials use. The setting of being in a train and an Americancity gives the audience a location to recognise. As the audience can referto the location the intriguing story line becomes more believable to theaudience.
EDITINGThe trailer begins with a blurred, distorted image that zooms out to thewatch, the image appears to be an event that is occurring but is distortedso the audience can not figure out exactly what is going on, adding amysterious feel to he trailer enticing the audience to go and view the film. Ialso feel the blurred content has a sci-fi feel to it, further reflecting thegenre of the film. The fast montage of clips at the beginning of the trailerportrays the action genre to the audience, it gives the audience an idea ofthe pace of the content that will be featured in the film. There are not manyfades used throughout the trailer, which are normally commonly used intrailers to show the passing of time between each shot. This can bejustified as the shots are not as fast paced as expected giving theaudience time to take in the content they are seeing and try and piecetogether the information to result in a rough idea of what the film is going tobe about. Half way through the trailer the blue blurred image appearsagain ending up in the main character being in the ‘source code’. This tellsthe audience that he has been almost transported to a different locationand this effect is being used to reflect passing of time and place.Institutional information is used so the audience know the key details e.g.producers of the film, release date, main actors etc. This helps themdecide whether to view the full film or not.
CAMERA ANGLES/SHOTSThere is a variety of camera angles and shots used throughout the trailer.There are a large amount of close ups used, these allow the audience tofocus on the important objects featuring in the film e.g. a close up on iswatch as it is later revealed that he will only have a window of 8 minutesto figure things out therefore the element of time is an important factor.There are also close ups of the main characters face to make hisexpressions and emotions more known to the audience allowing them tofeel more involved in the film and increase their ability to relate to thecharacter. There is also a variety of over the shoulder shots usedbetween the main character and female that compliments the diegeticsound of dialogue that is used. There are also establishing shots for thesetting of the American city that the train is travelling in, this allows theaudience to discover a sense of orientation and increases their ability torelate to the content in the trailer. The camera shots used occur in avariety of sequences that in some way go against the usual conventionsof how they would appear in a trailer. This varied sequence adds extradetail to the trailer and entices the audience to be interested as they don’tknow what to expect next.
SOUNDThe majority of the sound used is diegetic sound. This comes in twoforms. The first diegetic sound is dialogue. As there is minimal shotsthat include super-imposed text, the dialogue adds detail for theaudience to help them understand what they are watching and to try andconclude what the full film will be like. The other diegetic sound used issound effects, e.g. the sound of the train, opening of the can, thescreeching noises when the train blows up and crashes. All this diegeticsound adds to the perceived reality of the film but by making the soundeffects enhanced and louder than they usually would signifies that theyare an important occurrence and also dramatizes what is occurring in thetrailer, potentially increasing the intensity of how the content is viewed.There is also a quite non-diegetic sound used in the background. It isalmost like a tempo beat as it is minimal but gives a sound for the cuts tosynchronise with allowing the trailer to appear professional and the fasttempo of it adds to the excitement and intensity of the trailer and alsoreflects the fact that the film will be action packed.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNTFrom analysing this trailer I have learnt a few techniques that I willincorporate into my final teaser trailer;1. Incorporate sci-fi content within a realistic location to allow the content to appear realistic to the audience.2. Ensure the main character is dressed in smarter clothing to allow him to appear more important than the other characters featuring in the trailer.3. Ensure that the sound track used is synchronised with cuts and events that occur within the trailer to allow the trailer to appear proffesional