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The history and conventions of film trailers

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The history and conventions of film trailers

  1. 1. The History and Conventions of Film Trailers
  2. 2. Conventions of Film Trailers • Trailers are used to show the best parts of the film, for example the funniest, scariest or most action packed parts depending on what genre the film is. • Voiceovers are commonly used as this roughly tells the story. • The type of music that is used in the trailer is key. Music can change the whole mood of the trailer, for example if it is a horror trailer, creepy & dramatic music will be used to maximize the scare factor. Compared to if it was a comedy trailer, upbeat and fun music would be used to reflect the fact that it is a comedy. • They are also built up and then ends where we want to find out what is going to happen, so this makes the audience want to go and watch the film.
  3. 3. History of film trailers • First movie theatre in 1910 had only one screen. 5 cents was entry fee and allowed you to sit in the cinema for as long as you wanted watching the feature length movie, this went on a continuous loop. • The first trailer was a short promotional film for a Broadway Play called “Pleasure Seekers”. This idea of showing these short films or trailers in between films became popular. • By 1916 the idea of trailers was developed, they were promotions for upcoming films that they would play at the end of the film you were watching.