This is the opening shot of my trailer. It
shows my actress looking over her
shoulder as she enters her house,
creating a sense of paranoia. It also
initiates the theme and hints to the
audience what my trailer is about.
I then developed the sense of paranoia
further by having several different
shots of my actress walking into her
house to create the feeling of her being
watched. I did have more shots like
these, but due to my audience
feedback I took some of them out as it
made my trailer too long.
After six seconds I began to introduce my
titles. “Ever felt like you were being” I didn‟t
finish this sentence as it creates a sense of
tension, as I repeat it and it flashes across
I then made the writing bold to reiterate the
point and then slowly bought in the final
There are several alley sequences within my
trailer that offers a change of scenery and shows
several different angles of shots to portray the
stalker. The lighting in these shots are good as
well, because it shows the extent of the stalking
and how she is being followed night and day.
I then introduced my next set of titles “when a
crush” I put this title with the shot of the
photograph with the girls face scratched out. I
wanted to portray how serious the stalking was
and to what extent the stalker would go.
“becomes..” comes as I sped up the clip to
make the girl look like she was walking
quickly because she felt like she was being
This is my favourite shot of the trailer as it is a
close up of my actress looking over her
shoulder, and it is the first time that I
introduce the name of the film. I stretched the
time of the clip as well to mix up the length of
clips and sequences.
These two titles are introduced as the trailer
is coming to an end. Just like the first titles,
they are flashed in and out to create a
distorted feel. I used the same colour for
“trust” as I did for the title, as I wanted to tie
“trust” and “obsession” together.
I used this shot to introduce the stalker
for the first time but I didn‟t want to give
away their identity. I just wanted the
audience to know that there was a
threat and that there was a stalker to
answer their suspicions.
To end my trailer I layered the film title in
different colours and sizes to reiterate the
obsession. I used the font that I am using
to promote my film, it‟s called „anonymous
clippings‟ and looks like clippings from a
In what ways does your media product use,
develop or challenge forms and conventions of
real media products?
From my research into teaser trailers and their conventions I have discovered that
they should include the following:
-should last between half a minute to a minute
-Use film footage or utilize a new source material (e.g the dark knight)
-Use web addresses to find another form of attracting the viewer
- They don‟t have to be over the top
- Titles or voice overs to explain the plot
- A broad overview of the plot and characters
The trailer that influenced my own work the most was „OBSESSION‟ starring
Beyonce Knowles. The trailer used entirely footage from the film and showed many
different scenes throughout the trailer. As I have previously stated throughout my
research and my director‟s commentary, I enjoyed the use of shots in this trailer
and how they were jumpy and quick at the beginning to create a sense of
The trailer is the same length as a teaser trailer should be, it is giving the audience
an insight into the plot of the film, but doesn‟t give it away too much. It allows the
reader to grasp the concept, and hopefully leaves them wanting more.
I also used music as a backing track and didn‟t use any dialogue as it would give
away the plot too much, and without dialogue it will entice the audience to want
more clarification as to how the plot thickens.
I also used titles within my trailer to explain the plot, and explore parts of the trailer
and the film. The titles help to encourage the audience to want to see the film as
they ask questions and make blunt statements to help move the trailer on and move
onto different aspects.
My trailer challenges the „broad overview of plot and characters‟. My trailer only has
one actress in the entire trailer. Most trailers would use many different characters or
more than one main character to help explain and explore the plot in more detail.
However, I decided to only use the one actress as I felt as though there was more to
be explored, but that was what was to be looked forward to within the actual film. I
think that the use of one character still gives sufficient enough detail as to what the
film is about with help from the titles and the shots. I made sure that I showed the
hand of the „second main character‟ a.k.a „the stalker‟ so that there was an
indication to the audience, in case they were unsure by anything else that there was
anybody else involved. I only briefly showed the stalkers hand, as I do in my poster
so that it entices the audience to want to come and watch the film to find out who
he/she is, as after all, a teaser trailer is teasing the audience into coming to see the
film to find out what happens.
What have you learned from your
audience feedback on your trailer?
What have you learned from your audience feedback?
During my audience feedback I learnt quite a few things about my trailer. I had
several responses to my surveys, admittedly not as much as I had originally hoped
but enough to get a general idea about what people were thinking about what I had
Is the genre of the film clearly established by the trailer? What genre do you think
this trailer is?
Luckily, everyone came back with the same response that they thought that my
trailer was of the horror/thriller genre. This is explained by responses to the next
Does the representation challenge or conform to stereotypes/expectations of the
The majority of response revealed that they thought that yes, the representation
conforms to stereotypes/expectations of the genre, yet there could have been more
scenes that were scary or intimidating. The dark lighting and the chase sequences
were the main aspects that were seen to conform, yet there could have been more of
these. There definitely should have been a scene within the trailer that made the
audience jump or that shocked them.
Did the music work with the genre and the types of shots of the trailer?
The overall response seemed to be that the music was successful in creating an eerie
and sinister atmosphere. “The pace is frustrating as it creates a slow effect, yet we want
the character to be desperate to escape as we as the audience know what is happening
and she doesn‟t…creating dramatic irony”
Was the trailer too long or too short?
There was a mixed response to this question, from my research, most teaser trailers
should be about 30 seconds to a minute long, mine coming in at roughly 53 seconds
seemed to be at a reasonable length.
My results were almost split down the middle with some people saying that the trailer
was “quite long for a teaser trailer” yet there should be more variety within the scenes of
the trailer so maybe more locations and events. Yet other responses stated that the
trailer was a good length to grasp the concept of the film and not becoming “boring and
I also interviewed my friend Emma in front of the camera so that I could see what
she thought of my film and how she thought that I could improve. The first point that
she made was that my trailer was a bit too long at the start; she said that I have the
same clips “showing the same thing” repeated at the start and that it took too long to
get into. When I looked back at my trailer I completely agreed with her so I took out
about 4 seconds of clips and started with the extreme close up as it was of better
quality film than the others.
She also said that the titles were a bit too child like and that she wouldn‟t associate
them or the colour pink with a horror genre. I again, completely agreed and
therefore spent a few hours going through different fonts to find ones that I thought
suited the genre. I used a handwriting font as I thought that it made it seem more
personal, and could provoke the question, is it the stalker? Colour wise, I used a
mixture of white and orange and mixed them together throughout.
I decided to use this photograph because
I wanted to convey that the film was about
stalking but obviously I didn‟t have the aid
of using film to show this. You can see the
stalkers hand on the door which shows
that somebody is trying to enter. I then
have the view of the girls face, she almost
looks like she is expecting it.
This was my first draft of my poster, I
made it lighter and inserted the film title
This is my final draft of my poster. I changed the contrasts and the
saturation to create the dark light creeping across the actress‟ face. I
added comments from magazines and newspapers as well to help attract
Audience feedback on my Poster/
I used surveys and facebook for my main source of audience feedback as I felt like most of the
emphasis was on my trailer.
what would you do differently to the movie poster?
The majority of responses that I got to this question was that the poster was actually really
strong, and that the only thing that I could have done differently was that I should have included
a release date or „coming soon‟. Looking back at this and looking through film poster research
this was probably a mistake not to include a date when the viewer could expect the film to be
What would you do differently to the magazine cover?
From personal opinion, teachers opinions and my audience feedback my magazine cover was
definitely the weakest of all of my media products that I developed. All responses basically said
that my magazine cover was too bare and that the quality of the picture wasn‟t good enough.
Do the poster/magazine grab your attention? if not, why not?
Again, linking back to previous answers, the poster was attention grabbing and the photograph
was strong. Yet the magazine cover did not grab attention as the background was extremely
plain and there weren‟t any images or titles that caught the viewers attention.
What features of the magazine/poster attracted your attention the most and why?
The text for my actress‟ name and the masthead of the magazine seemed to be the biggest
success‟. Mainly because there wasn‟t much else that jumped out to the audience.
The photograph on my poster was the main success, as it seemed to portray exactly what I
was trying to get across. The look on her face, as though she had realised what was coming. It
makes the audience ask…what‟s going to happen? Is she in danger or is she prepared?