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Research on film trailers, posters and web sites

  1. 1. Lesson notes on teaser trailer and film poster<br /> Film Trailer<br />Things to avoid Things to do<br /><ul><li>No dialogue - Variety of locations
  2. 2. Too many titles - Use music to help establish genre
  3. 3. Unclear narrative - Use a voiceover</li></ul>Teaser trailer analysis<br />TrailerWhen are we told the name of the film?Why is this?Why are we told who is starring in the film?How is the information given to us?What information are we given in the very last frame?War of the WorldsWe are told the name at the end, as it builds anticipation and forces the viewer to continue watching, until they receive the name, persuading them to go and watch the filmBecause a big named star is in the film, Tom Cruise. This is a USP as he is very well known and critically respectedThe release dateThe Pink PantherWe are told the name at the end (even though it is obvious that the film is ‘The Pink Panther’ as it is very well known) this is to build anticipation and forces the viewer to continue watching, until they receive the name, persuading them to go and watch the film Because a big named star is in the film, John Cleaves. This is a USP as he is very well known and critically respected and established with the comedy genre, clearly showing what type of film it will beThe title ‘Coming Soon’<br />Titles<br /><ul><li>Both trailers have 48 frames each
  4. 4. The start = factual information
  5. 5. The middle = Information on the cast & director
  6. 6. The end = name of film & director
  7. 7. The layout of title are in the same format
  8. 8. Approx 10 titles/graphics
  9. 9. 4 production related
  10. 10. Spaced evenly at start as trailer reaches separate conclusions
  11. 11. Logos/ production company
  12. 12. Narrative/ genre related
  13. 13. Actor/ director
  14. 14. Factual information and release</li></ul>Titles – indicate the genre, identify the target audience, emphasise the stars, give factual information and help to establish the narrative. <br />A title should …<br /><ul><li>Give an indication into the genre
  15. 15. Link to the narrative
  16. 16. Be comprehensible to the mass market
  17. 17. Catchy/memorable
  18. 18. Have an ominous undertone/ raise suspicion
  19. 19. Font choice should complement the genre and colour
  20. 20. Poetic effect/ techniques (pun)
  21. 21. Challenge expectations/conventions</li></ul>A title shouldn’t …<br /><ul><li>Reveal too much of the plot
  22. 22. Not very long name
  23. 23. Not too culturally exclusive
  24. 24. Universal language & meaning</li></ul>Close analysis of ‘Run Fat boy Run ‘teaser trailer <br />How many frames until music start? 7<br />How many shots are used? 34<br />How many dialogue shots? 12<br />How many different locations? 9<br />Teaser trailer<br /><ul><li>Short 30 – 60 seconds
  25. 25. Slipped into gaps in the cinema or T.V
  26. 26. Going to show its niche unique selling point
  27. 27. Establishes a quick overview of the narrative
  28. 28. Content = genre, narrative and who’s included
  29. 29. Purpose = tease audience and raise awareness, enticing people to watch it
  30. 30. Released long before a film’s release 12 – 18 months in advance
  31. 31. Ad campaign are cryptic and challenging
  32. 32. Usually only made for big, popular, blockbuster films </li></ul>The main jobs that a film trailers do are to:<br /><ul><li>Promote the film
  33. 33. Build anticipation
  34. 34. Entice people to go and watch
  35. 35. Market the film to a mass audience
  36. 36. Build up the brand/production company reputation
  37. 37. Creating awareness & hype
  38. 38. Showcase stars</li></ul>Voiceover<br /><ul><li>Gives the audience some information about the film
  39. 39. Depicts the genre and tone of the film
  40. 40. Shows that it’s a theatrical trailer and will be shown in the cinema
  41. 41. Adds to atmosphere and gives sense of anticipation
  42. 42. Showcases the star actors and directors
  43. 43. Reinforces the title of the film and what it’s about</li></ul>Techniques used in voiceover<br /><ul><li>Repetition
  44. 44. Pun
  45. 45. Triadic structure
  46. 46. Informal/simplistic language
  47. 47. Superlative
  48. 48. Emotive language</li></ul>How a trailer attracts its audience<br /><ul><li>The purpose of a trailer is similar to that of a poster as it is meant to encourage us to want to see the film.
  49. 49. The trailer is the most powerful tool in the marketing campaign. Posters are vital in capturing interest and drawing the audience into the cinema, but they cannot convey the excitement and atmosphere of film in the same way as a trailer does.
  50. 50. The combination of moving image and sound at a cinema is an exciting experience, as it is dramatic and catchers your attention. This stirs our emotions and gives us a flavour of the film that is impossible through still images alone.
  51. 51. The trailer holds our attention as images change quickly and we must concentrate all the time or we may miss something.
  52. 52. A trailer uses sound to get its message across. Music, sound effects, speech from the film and the voiceover all join together to create an exciting mixture for our ears.
  53. 53. The combination of sound and moving images is a very effective way of attracting us to see a film.</li></ul>When and why trailers are aired<br /><ul><li>We usually see a trailer just before we are about to see a film, although sometimes a short version of them appears in the advert breaks on TV.
  54. 54. The exhibitor (cinema manager) uses their marketing knowledge to select trailers aimed at a similar target audience to that of the main film in the hope that the forthcoming attractions will appeal to them and bring them back at a later date.
  55. 55. Trailers are given a classification in the same way that films are. Whether in the cinema or on TV, the distributors think carefully about who will be watching at this time and try to show a trailer which will be interesting to this type of audience.
  56. 56. For example, a trailer for Thomas and the Magic Railroad would not be shown before an 18 certificate horror film at the cinema or in the break of Coronation Street because the distributors want as many children as possible to see it.</li></ul>What types of trailers are there?<br /><ul><li>The distribution company may decide to release more than one trailer for a film, particularly if it is a big production with a substantial budget for marketing.
  57. 57. A teaser trailer may be cut and played in cinemas in the early stages of the promotional campaign. This will be shorter than the traditional trailer and is designed to whet our appetite for a film and ‘tease’ us so we want to know more.
  58. 58. Teasers are followed up by a main trailer campaign closer to the film’s actual release date. Trailers advertising sequels to successful films often don’t need to give us as much information.</li></ul>When is the trailer produced?<br /><ul><li>Most trailers are created and produced at the same time as the film is being edited.
  59. 59. Many of the films we see are from the US and the trailers have been created there, hence the use of American vocabulary and accent in the voiceover. On occasion the trailer may be re-cut for the audience of another country (style of humour may be different!) Re-cutting is rare due to expense involved.</li></ul>Why is it important for a trailer to show us the genre and how does this happen?<br /><ul><li>When we view a trailer we are automatically decoding the things we see and hear to work out what genre the film is. (Conventions).
  60. 60. Another indication as to the genre of a film is the stars. We are used to associating certain stars with certain genres. A trailer will usually ensure we are made aware of who the stars are, as this will encourage us to see the film and help recognise the genre.
  61. 61. Trailers have their own set of easily recognizable conventions. They are designed to capture our attention and hold it for a short space of time. They give us just enough information to raise our curiosity but not enough to spoil the story of the film. They tease but they don’t tell. We’re often given information as to plot and character and our task is to fill in the missing pieces in the time available.
  62. 62. Sound is very important in a trailer, particularly the music, which swiftly manipulates our emotions and creates an atmosphere. The voiceover, a feature of advertising, is used to summarise the story and emphasise credit information where appropriate. It also looks to build anticipation.</li></ul> Narrative<br /><ul><li>When we watch a trailer we know from experience that we are seeing the most exciting, funny, significant or dramatic parts of a film and that we must interact with these to create a whole story from the parts we are given.
  63. 63. A trailer is designed to create a ‘want–to –see’ reaction in an audience. To this end the trailer will give the audience some amount of information about a film in terms of narrative and character but equally will aim to raise questions which can only be answered by seeing the whole film.</li></ul>Key conventions of trailers:<br />They highlight the ‘best bits’ of the film, the very funny, sad etc.<br /> We are not shown the story in narrative order<br />They showcase the stars of the film<br />Some visual images stay on screen for only just enough time for our mind to realize what we are seeing<br />Conversations between characters usually consist of one line each<br />Unusual angles are often used to show events or characters<br />Action is interspersed with credits on screen<br />Voiceovers are used to tell the story and give credit information<br />Music plays an important role in creating atmosphere<br />The title does not appear until the end<br />The trailer builds to a climax, where it ends <br /> Film Poster<br />Interview with Lee Jury – Buena Vista International<br /><ul><li>Poster aims to stand out in crowded market place, instantly memorable as people only spend 5 seconds looking at a poster, has to grab attention
  64. 64. Static image should encapsulate storyline and genre, should sum up the film in 1 shot. Give USP e.g. star actor/director
  65. 65. Goal = simple name & displays genre. Vital to appeal to broad market. Poster aim is to represent rags to riches story. 10 -12 day process two fine tune and make perfect
  66. 66. Tried an iconic look, focusing ion colour, but didn’t establish storyline. Didn’t focus on him as actor as he is unknown, USP is the storyline. Effective is the picture on the beach, as not one dimensional, more than just football. When got correct picture focus on colour & composition. I conic image is vital and has to be flexible in design and enrapture theme
  67. 67. Important to have campaign strategy to promote the film so general public are exposed to it and get people in the cinema. Primary colour = iconic look</li></ul> <br />WEB SITES<br /><ul><li>Film web sites can be official or unofficial. An official web site is set up by the distributors of the film as part of the marketing campaign.
  68. 68. An unofficial web site is set up by fans wanting to express their own opinions and exchange information with other interested parties.  An official web site will be designed to complement the ‘look’ of a marketing campaign, with the same graphics and images used as in the poster and trailer. However, the interactive nature of the Internet means a web site can involve an audience in the actual process of raising awareness to a far greater extent than was previously possible
  69. 69. The inclusion of a web site in a marketing campaign has meant far greater accessibility to material about the film for an interested audience in two ways:
  70. 70. Most web sites are created to coincide with the release of a film in the United States. This is generally in advance of the release date in the UK and other territories - information is thus available at a much earlier stage than was previously possible (before the poster and trailer campaigns start to raise awareness over here).
  71. 71. Production information about cast, crew, stills from the film and even moving image clips are available for all to see. This information would previously only have been available to the press. </li></ul>Analysis of District 9 Website<br /><ul><li>In-depth website, as it uses a wide range of images and features such as a map for entering forums or authentic looking news reports from ‘District 9’.
  72. 72. The website is completely authentic as it has a range of features which are unusual and serve as a unique selling point, for example pressing a button for ‘human or non-human’
  73. 73. This reflects the genre of sci-fi as it seems highly technological, and the visual style is complex and literally alien to us, as it reflects another society, as it has a recruitment site for aliens.
  74. 74. The website includes a range of design features such as downloadable videos, news reports, and games this attracts the audience as it contains a range user friendly content, so the viewer feels accustomed to the film and interacts, this creates a strong brand identity and reputation.