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Blair Witch (2016) – Focus & Filming
Frequency of Shot Change
o The shots appear parallel to the music playing to increase the atmosphere of suspense for the
audience. Along with this, as the music’s tempo and speed increases throughout the trailer, the
number of shots begin to increase. This technique is done in many other trailers such as the
Conjuring because this displays the action within the film itself to the audience which further
connects to their fears and may increase the atmosphere and interest.
Transition between Shots
o The trailer shows simple transitions between inter-shots between scenes and differing shots
which allows the audience to focus on the content of the trailer. Furthermore, the trailer
commonly uses sharp cuts to emphasise the action and the fact it is showing clips filmed by
students rather than a produced film.
Order/Amount of Shots
o The order of the shots are not shown chronological which is shown to distort the perception of
the audience and, in my opinion, I believe this is done to keep the interest of the audience of the
movie. The differing order allows the viewers not to know the whole synopsis and keep their
interest throughout the trailer/film.
Camera Treatment and Shot
o As a ‘documented’ trailer to follow the lives of students, the majority of camera treatment is
subjective with a minority being objective with scenes such as captions. Additionally, most shot
angles are eye-level or low-angle throughout the shot although this does not reinforce the
students’ power. I believe that doing this shows they are unable to pick up their head and
confidently speak, showing their weak and vulnerable body language and facial expressions.
There are also many tight and loose frames to emphasise fear as well as the power of the Witch,
Ouija: The Origin of Evil (2016) - Conventions
The title does not appear
until the end of the trailer,
this increases the suspense
of the audience in wanting to
know the title and the style
or credits for it, as audience
members look out for names
or companies they
recognise. Additionally, this is
a common convention due
to the aesthetic image as it
ties the trailer together.
Showcasing stars is similarly done with showing
companies and individuals who work on films. This is
done to create a similar ground and interest different
fan-bases. By doing this, audience members are
more prone to watching the film due to
actors/actresses they admire being included. This
increases the yield of profit.
Unusual angles are used
throughout trailers such as
Ouija to enhance the
atmosphere of fear amongst
the audience. This is done
as high-angle and low-
angle shots are often used
to either make the viewer feel
vulnerable to the entity and
increases their fear of the
Unknown. Alongside this,
action is interspersed
between captions to allow
the build up of suspense and
explain the ‘horror’ aspect of
their trailer; recognising the
evil to interest the audience.
Images appear on screen
only for a few seconds, only
for our minds to register
what we are seeing which is
done to distort the audience
and increase their fear and
interest in the movie. This
leaves questions in their
mind which prompts them to
watch the film (known as the
The Forest (2016) – Communication
“Marketing the film as ‘based on a true story’ enhances its credibility and
scare-ability.” How has the trailer made to support this statement?
With the ending credits prompting viewers to further research on the forest, they are likely to
find the vast information of the Suicide Forest, located in Japan. By being based on a
true location with the myths and legends of the forest being haunted by entities who have
committed suicide, the film itself therefore becomes more credible with the backing
evidence. Furthermore, by not specifying whether the story itself is real, the audience are
prompted to believe that the plotline may be based on true occurrences as well. This
overall adds to the fear and interest of the audience as they are able to link this to reality.
Looking at the titles and credits, how are these presented and how to they add to
The production company’s logo itself appears clear at the beginning of the trailer which is
often used to create a ground of recognition for the audience in order to remember the
company. Furthermore, the captions appear as snippets of facts or sayings about the
forest in order to emphasise the idea that the forest is uncontrollable as the entities will
take over. The simple font allows focus on the writing itself and the faded image of a forest
in the caption unconsciously reminds and keeps the idea of the forest in the audience’s
mind to create more fear. Finally, the repetition of ‘Stay on the Path’ again highlights the
fear of the Unknown as what is in the forest is not known to humans, so large anyone
could get lost in it. The saying is repeated to add to the atmosphere of fear of the forest
and link this to the real Suicide Forest.
Carrie (2013) – Featured Theories
Shots are shown of a serene family, with some issues foreshadowing future conflict as the mother appears
laughing and taunting her child. As the trailer continues, although not in chronological order, the shots
appear to be filled with more chaos and disorder to show the conflict. Unlike the Equilibrium theory, a new
Equilibrium is not shown.
Barthes’ Enigma Code With the chaos erupting in scenes as the trailer plays out, the audience is left wondering what has
happened to cause this shift and if the mother’s attitude in the beginning comes to play. Furthermore,
viewers are left wondering what has happened in the prom.
Although voyeurism often relates to sexual scenes to resemble the idea of a ‘Peeping Tom’, watching the
scenes of the mother and child appear to relate to voyeurism by showing scenes that appear to be private.
Furthermore, Mulvey’s Male Gaze is highlighted through the shower scene of Carrie.
o Good and Evil
o Action and Peace
o Dark and Light
o Religion and Modernism (Lack of Religion)
Carrie appears in the trailer as in power unlike in the first version. The remake presents her character as
revengeful of what is done to her and reinforces the idea that she is evil to the audience rather than
Final Girl This is shown as there is one remaining girl in the end of the chaos of the film, the girl who failed to attend
prom and was sympathetic towards Carrie. She is seen as a character who is more pure than those who
hurt her and even Carrie herself who caused the damage.