For our A2 Media Studies coursework we are to create a movietrailer (of any genre we wished) and 2 other tasks to go along with it(in this case, a film poster and a magazine cover). My group and I chose to create a “Faux Found Footage-Thriller”, sowe had regular meetings to develop our ideas into a feasible andinteresting plot, which we could then create a movie trailer for.Upon some research we manages to conjure up some research ofcodes and conventions of faux found/ thriller trailers. - Create a sense of enigma/ suspense- Contain some fast paced action- Tension is built up throughout the film- There will be scenes that thrill the audience (perhaps makingthem jump)- Fast paced editing (especially during the end of trailer)- The protagonist’s tend to be male, possibly with a femalecounterpart.
What other factors may be considered for this genre if we wereto make it in this genre? -Mind games (could be between the character, but may alsoinvolve the audience)- A sense of danger and enigma- Dark settings- Isolation - a sense that their not alone - Brief glimpses of an antagonist We will discuss further which of these would fall best into ourplot and what wouldn’t!
Upon Research a teaser trailer as such should have followthese points, which we are to use to make an effective andinteresting opening. - We should not show the whole storyline, a trailer is onlymeant to work on the audience’s appetite and not makethem feel like they know the whole story already.- Include many different quick shots in the shortest spaceof time as possible, whilst still making the viewer want tosee the film.- Establish some kind of comprehendible narrative.- Include information about actors/ actresses, thedistribution and production companies.-Leave the viewer wanting to see more.As a group we feel a lot more comfortable knowing what thecodes and conventions of a thriller/ faux found would be andwhat is generally expected within a trailer.
Tension is built up throughout the trailer: A typical device used within trailers to build up the tension is theuse of different editing speeds. Typically, a trailer will begin withslow shots that establish the storyline, develop character andintroduce the themes within the film. By the time you have reachedthe end of the trailer, there will be many quick cuts (that can rangefrom half a second to 3 seconds) that build up the tension. Thesebuild up tension as the audience may not understand why certainshots have been included and this could lead to confusion, they mayalso feel overwhelmed by the amount of scenes and actions that arebeing thrown at them in such a short space of time.
Sound:The use of sound within any trailer is crucial in engagingthe audience whilst also giving the viewer hints as to whatgenre the film belongs to and what emotions they should befeeling whilst watching.Two typical conventions of trailers include:-A change in music to suggest a change in atmosphere- Diegetic Sounds to give atmosphere to the environment- Sound bridges to add an Enigma.
Film Magazine Cover:Before our group evenstarted planning thedesign for our cover I drewout a typical structure for afilm magazine cover, thisway we knew we’d bemaking a professionallooking product as wewould be following theconventions of a filmmagazine.I’ve pinpointed the mainkey points that would beof any integral use of anymagazine!.
Here I’ve analisedthe magazine inhigher detail,picking out thesections andmentioning how andwhy they have donewhat they have. Andhow this makes iteffective
Film Poster:Film poster can take on many different shapes and forms, so there was no setway of laying things out. There are, however, a few conventions that all postersfollow. These include:- An image relating to the film (typically a character)- Studio credits at the bottom of the poster- The title of the film- Date of release (if it is a theatrical poster, not a teaser poster)Here are a few examples of posters that follow these conventions…
As our main taskwas to create ateaser poster, Ianalysed one indepth to gain anunderstanding ofthe conventionsof a typical teaserposter. Herewere myfindings…