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Further ideas through 2 more film studies

analysis for 2 more teaser trailers

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Further ideas through 2 more film studies

  1. 1. Further ideas through 2 more film studies The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Gone Girl (2014)
  2. 2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo This teaser trailer is fairly long in comparison to a stereotypical one however it uses montage editing in order to ensure that it doesn’t give too much away. The use of such fast paced editing is suggesting that the director wants to leave the audience confused and baffled by the amount of different scenes they have seen. However, the audience can clearly recognise a main character in the teaser trailer seeing as there is a variety of shots with the character being focused on. The fact that it is a famous actor may help to intrigue the audience seeing as Daniel Craig is a very popular actor and likely to have a lot of fans through the popularity of the James Bond films. • Use of montage editing • Low key lighting • Repetitive scenes of the surroundings • Repetitive scenes of Daniel Craig • Use of guns and action • Close ups • Low key lighting • Car chase • Female character introduced but only in low key lighting- keeping it a mystery? • Hooded costumes
  3. 3. Shot 1 analysis This shot is shown many times as there is build up and tension built in the teaser trailer through the use of montage and sound. In total, I counted seeing this same shot and scene 5 times. The use of repetition informs the audience that this is a significant scene and the season may also be an important part also. The line of trees with the track in between makes the audience question what is at the end of it. This therefore links to the genre of mystery and crime seeing as the audience have no knowledge of what the storyline is about at this point. The use of a long shot also helps the audience to familiarise them with the certain scene and give them a clue as to where the film is shot and based. The use of camera movement as they slowly move down the track causes suspense seeing as the audience don’t know what is at the end of the track. • Extreme long shot • Low key lighting • Silhouetted- eerie • Repetitive scene- same scene shown in the build up of the trailer 5 times • Camera movement- as if driving down the track
  4. 4. Shot 2 analysis I really liked this clip because it informs the audience that there is a crime idea to the film. The old fashioned styled photos suggest that there is some sort of ongoing mystery in the storyline of the film. The fact that a close up is used also suggests the importance of this shot. The hand in the still shot also puts the other photo close to the other three suggesting that there is a link between the four photos. The angle of the shot makes the audience feel like they're receiving this point of view from one of the detectives in the film. This therefore helps the audience to feel included in the mystery of the storyline. The use of low key lighting in this shot also helps to inform the audience that the information could be confidential or there is an idea of secrecy. • Close up • From character’s point of view • Photos- mystery • Photos are old fashioned and put together- are they related? • Low key lighting- confidential and secretive?
  5. 5. Shot 3 analysis The mid-close up shot of this character is very conventional to the genre seeing as they are hooded and wearing black. The audience will assume that this is a criminal sort of character. The audience may be able to assume that the storyline is based around this character seeing as she is shown in many clips from half way through in the teaser (the director held back introducing this character at the beginning possibly to keep some mystery.) The idea that the character also has hair covering her face shows insecurity. Furthermore, the colour theme in this shot is very dull which supports this idea and makes the audience feel like there is something dark in the film that is yet to be revealed. The still shot films to character as she turns away from the camera which is also something we could use in our trailer to show insecurity and maintain the idea of mystery. • No colours- dull shot- mood? • Hooded character- not giving much away, suggesting of crime • Female- stereotypical? • Black- not want to be seen • Close up- important character • Still camera as she turns around to hide from camera
  6. 6. Poster analysis The red dragon- significant meaning. Red signifies danger- something we can use to help determine the storyline in our poster. Face of the main character however not fully revealed. Suggests a insecure and mysterious personality. Hidden behind darkness suggests she may be a bad character? This is something we could experiment with to make our main character seem guilty to help reveal our storyline. Bigger and bolder font for the significant parts of the title to help the audience understand what the film is about. Significant object makes a big statement on the poster. May encourage people to read the book before seeing the film or attract readers who have read the book already- a good way of attracting certain audiences. Faded objects difficult to see, similar to the fade in and out transitions used in the trailer at times. Continues the idea of mystery. Dark colour theme of black and red which is also used in the teaser trailer- darkness and predicted danger in the film. A good way of making the atmosphere feel tense and mysterious- something we could use in ours to hold back certain parts of information. Having an almost overlapping effect could suggest there are different sides or interpretations to the storyline. May encourage people to see the website to find out more about the film. Will inform people that the film is a thriller and 5 stars encourages people that the film is worth watching- a good idea in advertisement which can be persuading.
  7. 7. Gone Girl • Use of montage editing • Pace gets faster as tension is built • Continuous use of low key lighting and night time scenes • News scenes • Shouting scenes to build suspense • Use of jump cuts to exaggerate certain characters and ideas • Eye line matched shots • Straight cut transitions throughout • Short clips of continuity editing to see things from character’s point of view. • Police scenes Although I have briefly looked at Gone Girl already, I felt like this is a good film to focus on because it contains some different ideas and relates more than others to the focused genre for our teaser trailer. I like the way that the pace increases in the teaser trailer as the tension and suspense is built through faster editing and straight cuts, and also more intense scenes like busy news scenes or chaotic arguments between the main characters. The main characters are made clear seeing as they are shown more than other characters. Some shots are used in continuity editing and eye line match so the audience see’s certain interpretations from both the male character and female character. The police and news scenes are very stereotypical and so the audience can easily recognise the film as a crime focused thriller.
  8. 8. Shot 1 analysis This shot which is one at the beginning of the trailer, therefore informs the audience that she is one of the main characters. The scene before is the husband explaining how she has gone missing, and this clip has a soundtrack over the top of it which clearly suggests the wife is innocent. However, the audience may question this sympathetic shot because of the low key lighting and the mystery seeing as nothing else is revealed about the storyline. You could also suggest that the character looking at the camera could be because she is reaching out for help and the director wanted the audience to feel included and feel sorry for the main character, or she is coming across as a little intimidating and uncomfortable with her staring at the audience in the close up. I like the ideas that the director has used here to leave more than one message in the audience’s head and I will therefore suggest to the group that using a shot like this one may help us to make the audience feel uncomfortable to go along with our thriller themed teaser trailer. • Close up • Character looking at the audience- intimidation? • Still shot of female turning towards camera- looking for help or sympathy? • Filmed at night- low key lighting • The backing track suggests she is an innocent character as husband explains before how she disappeared
  9. 9. Shot 2 analysis I found these shots interesting because I liked the use of the jump cut between them. In between the 2 shots there was another shot of the female character, but the repetition of this scene build suspense by zooming towards the character in the second shot a bit. This linked to the psychological theme to the film. It also helped to build suspense also and I liked this idea of editing. This is something that we will certainly consider in our film. They are often also used in horrors to build tension. The lyrics in the soundtrack as they run over these clips are “regret” and “the price I have to pay” which the director may have done intentionally to suggest to the audience that the lady may not be as innocent as people think. The long shot of this character in his home setting also helps the audience to familiarise themselves with him further. • Jump cuts (but clip in-between these) • Stereotypical home setting • Shadowed low key lighting. • Long shot of main character • Lyrics of the song “A trace of pleasure or regret, May be my treasure or The price I have to pay”
  10. 10. Shot 3 analysis I felt like this shot was a good one to look at because we have not yet looked at how we will end our teaser trailer off. I like the use of the extreme long shot, seeing as this is something that is stereotypically used as an introduction to a film at the beginning to inform the audience of where the film is set and filmed. The fade in transition also slows the pace of the teaser trailer and therefore helps to leave the trailer on a cliff-hanger seeing as they left the trailer in chaos using fast paced editing and montage. The plain font used for the title also helps to leave mystery about the storyline and therefore could continue to build on the idea of suspense. The voiceover used at the end of the teaser is the male saying “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.” this leaves the audience questioning whether he is guilty or not. This is something we will consider in our teaser seeing as we also want the audience to question if our main character is guilty or not in our focused crime. • Extreme long shot • Fade in and out transition • Title- plain font • Voiceover- “I didn’t kill my wife. I am not a murderer.” • Moving boat in the back ground- peaceful scene • Sun is rising- suggesting something about the end of the film?
  11. 11. Poster analysis Having the female at the front of the poster and showing her slightly bigger suggests dominance which isn’t very stereotypical in a relationship. This may be a way to create mystery- using something non- stereotypical. Title covered by clouds. Makes audience question whether she is dead (in the clouds?) or is she? Using something like this would help us to make the audience question whether she is gone or not. If we called ours Guilty, we could use a fading affect so the audience could be urged to question whether our main character is or not. Continuing the idea of low key lighting, however the bit of sun on the bottom left which is reflected off of the female could suggest a light at the end of the film? Use of suspicious facial expressions as he looks at the female- what does he know that the audience don’t? The fact that the female isn’t wearing very much could either suggest that she is a vulnerable character or she is exposed. This is something we could use in our film- we could use it to make our main character look vulnerable and possibly guilty…?

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