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  •       What is your understanding of the conventions of trailers? Have you followed these conventions or challenged them, explain. By Maya Dykes
  • Creating Excitement
    • The creation of excitement is an important convention, particularly of thriller trailers, as the main purpose of a thriller is to excite and ‘thrill’. For this reason, I conformed to this convention.
    • For example, I created excitement in the trailer through the use of dramatic music in high tension scenes, through creating an enigma in the narrative, through using action (such as the murder scenes) and through using quick cuts to quicken the pace of the trailer.
  • Creating An Enigma
    • An enigma is a common convention of a trailer as it creates excitement and interest, as it teases the audience into wanting to resolve the mystery.
    • I followed this convention as the narrative of the film is largely based on enigma and mystery.
    • For example, from the start of the trailer, the audience are presented with an enigma as there is an initial shot of person in a mask washing a knife, followed by a murder scene- and so the audience are left to question who the murderer is and why they are killing people.
    • This enigma is further extended throughout the trailer, where the audience are left with an ambiguous implication as to who the murderer is, as it is suggested to be either DCI Ryan Hunter or Mr.Richards.
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  • Dramatic music and sound
    • This is a convention that is particular to thrillers, as they try to create drama and tension. As this was the main intention of my trailer, I used dramatic sound and music.
    • For example, during scenes from the middle of the trailer, where tension and drama begin to rise, I placed music that got more dramatic as the trailer went on – keeping in line with the fast editing and level of tension in the shots.
    • I also used dramatic sounds such as screaming, shouting, crying and heavy breathing to emphasize the dark tone of the film.
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  • Narrative
    • A convention of trailers is to show the audience the basis of the narrative – including the setting of the film, the characters and their situations, and the problem/enigma of the film. Without this, the audience would not understand what the film is about, so I conformed to this way of showing the narrative.
    • For example, in the trailer the suburban neighbourhood setting is shown, the main characters (Mr.Richards, DCI Ryan Hunter and his girlfriend Claire, and the serial killer) are shown, and their situations are implied – DCI Ryan Hunter is working on the serial killer case, Claire and Ryan are new in the neighbourhood, while Mr.Richards becomes obsessed with Claire. The enigma of ‘who is the masked-serial-killer?’ is also presented.
    • Moreover, a common convention of trailers is to show the best / most important parts of the trailer. I have conformed to this, as it would bring out the best of my film. For example, in my trailer I have included a couple of murder scenes, a love confession, several arguments and the Claire’s discovery of who the murderer is.
  • Fast Editing
    • Trailers tend to use fast editing towards the end of a trailer to heighten the excitement, suspense and tension. I think that these components make a trailer more appealing to an audience, and so I conformed to this convention.
    • For example, towards the end of the trailer where there are shots of dramatic scenes, I have used quick cuts to fasten the pace and to emphasize the excitement and drama.
  • Genre Iconography
    • In order to convey the genre and themes of the film, and to give the audience suggestions of the narrative, genre iconography is used.
    • Crime-thrillers have distinctive iconography, and so I followed this convention.
    • For example, in my trailer there were shots containing knives, blood and police detectives.
  • Distribution Company
    • Normally at the beginning of a trailer the distribution company or studio is shown.
    • I followed this convention by using text at the start of the trailer saying ‘Fox Searchlight Pictures presents’ . However, trailers normally include a motion picture of the company’s logo, which I did not include.
  • Title and Credits
    • In theatrical trailers, it is a common convention to have the title of the film placed at towards the trailer.
    • I followed this convention because it makes the title more memorable for the audience as it is one of the last things that they see in the trailer.
  • Summery
    • Overall, I have mainly conformed to the conventions of a trailer, because I feel that it would make my trailer more effective and professional. Moreover, the audience would be able to identify and understand the trailer if it takes a similar format to other trailers that they have seen.