The trailer begins with a notice message that appears at the start of every trailer.
This reminds the audience that this trailer has been approved for appropriate
audiences which means that the film has a 15 rating therefore this preview has been
made for the appropriate audience of people 15 or over. It also includes the website
names for the film rating organisation that decide on a film’s certificate rating and
MPAA which stands for Motion Picture Association of America the head organisation
of the American film industry. This is the kind of notice message we will include in
our film trailer as notice messages like this come before the start of every trailer to
alert the audience that only appropriate audiences should view this.
Also before the content from the film begins the trailer has the
company name who produced this production. This is due to
the fact that they produced and own this film and therefore
they in this case paramount leave their trademark on anything
to do with the product as they own it and have the rights to it.
This is something we will include on our trailer as well as it is
commonplace for institutions to leave their trademark on a
trailer for a film and we plan to do the same.
One of the opening shots of the trailer shows the location in
which the theme is set. The barbed wire and police guards
connote the idea of confinement in a psychological thriller. It’s
the typical narrative of a psychological thriller to introduce a
dangerous and unsettling location as this puts the audience on
edge. Also the camera shot also connotes the genre as the
camera is angled to put the authority figure characters
deliberately behind the bard wire to connote the fact that they
are in danger and are heading into a treacherous location.
This shot coveys the psychological horror genre because it
immediately disturbs and unsettles the audience with the idea
of going into the unknown. Again this keeps sticks to the
typical narrative structure of a psychological thriller as it
introduces an unsafe location that the film is going to be set in.
This immediately puts the characters in this film in a position
of danger and beings to tease the disruption of the equilibrium
according to Todorov’s theory that something may happen in
this location to disrupt the equilibrium.
This shot conveys the psychological thriller genre because it will
disturb the audience and put them on edge as to the backstory of
this location and the characters in it. This shows that typical
character types of a psychological thriller are in this movie as this is
obviously a dangerous character who could provide a threat to the
protagonist and according to Propp’s character theory you would
assume that this is the villain or one the villains who could provide
the disruption to the equilibrium according to Todorov’s narrative
This shot coveys the psychological thriller genre because it conveys the
idea of isolation and confinement plus the writing on the wall written
in blood connotes danger and insanity. This shot helps to follow the
typical narrative structure of a psychological thriller as it connotes the
kind of disruption to the equilibrium that might have been caused
according to Todorov’s theory that the protagonist or hero according
to Propp’s character theory must overcome so that the equilibrium is
This shot conveys the psychological thriller genre because it
portrays the protagonist as the brave hero that’s trying to
combat the danger and insanity around him. This is the kind of
struggle scene according to Propp’s narrative theory that the
hero must overcome for the state of disorder to be settled.
This is also linked to Todorov’s narrative theory as this appears
to be the protagonist attempting to repair the disruption to so
that the equilibrium before the disruption can be restored.