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Film trailers analysis

  1. Film Trailers Analysis
  2. The Woman in Black Category: Based on a play/novel Genre: Thriller/Horror
  3. Question’s raised: Who are the children What is the storyline Where is this set Who is Daniel Radcliff’s character playing? Why is Shot list he in that place? -Establishing shot of train in Will this be similar to the play? the distance Why so many dolls/toys -Extreme close up of DR’s facial Is it reality? – very stylized seems like fantasy expression - Long shot of old/scary house - High angle shot of DR Comments entering house (shows his Scary noises – wind, music box, kids voice, clowns insignificance in comparison to Scary old pictures his location?) Fast and short cuts - Panning shot of house Text in between shots (gives some storyline) - Close up shot of 3 young girls Juxtaposing pathetic fallacy Long shot of wagon and horse Saturated colours – dark, not bright, graded colours (nothing else around) Old fashioned pictures/props/make up/setting/costume Non diagetic narration Surprise element at the end – climax Uses some slow motion
  4. A Dangerous Method Category: Based on a true story Genre: Drama
  5. Question’s raised: Shot list When and where is this set - Close up of man’s hand Who does Keira Knightley play working a machine Is it completely a real story - Low angle close up shot of Is Keira Knightley’s character psychologically stable? Freud’s character (suggest How many relationships are there in the film? superiority/power?) Between who and why? - Long establishing shot of city Comments Many diagetic sounds – lots of dialogues, footsteps, clocks ticking, screams, horses etc Heroic music Builds up conflict like the actual film probably would Short and quick takes In terms of sound there are lots of accents and different dialects in characters’ voices Juxtaposition – weather very nice throughout when theme clearly contrats (pathetic fallacy is not present) Text in the trailer explaining some of the narrative (effective convention) – gives a lot of the story away
  6. Taken 2 Category: Fictional Genre: Action Thriller
  7. Question’s raised: How is this different from the first movie? Who are the people that appear in the first shots? Where are they from and why are they being tortured? Where is this set? Who dies and who lives in the film? Why was the mother being ‘taken’ this time? Comments Shot list Short/quick takes - Establishing high panning shot of graveyard Diagetic sounds – - Low angle shot of bearded man gunshots, laughs, fireworks - Flashback of crime scene Special effects – explosions etc - Eye line match shot facing villain Non Diagetic score – thriller like - Aerial shots over mosques in Instanbul music, builds up climax, also - Tracking shots of action synchronised with action. - Close up shot of car plate Slow motion effects - Point of view shot in car chasing scene
  8. Les Miserables The Film Category: Based on a Musical Genre: Drama/Musical
  9. Question’s raised: Shot list Is this exactly like the musical? - Establishing shot of person climbing a hill Who does Anne Hathaway play? - Point of view shot – children running Does she sing in it? towards camera Why are the characters ‘miserable’? - Aerial shot of women working in factories Where in France is this supposed to - Low angle shot of church (highlights be set in? significance of religion?) Comments Non diagetic music – soundtrack of musical Pathetic fallacy – rain & snow - reflects the title which means ‘The Miserables’ Some diagetic sounds – wind, waves crashing Relatively long takes – suggests the audience should feel emotionally connected Text in between each shot (eg From the directors of…)
  10. Typical trailer conventions… • Film company logos (one or two companies) • Establishing shot of film location • Fast pace editing and straight cuts • Builds up to a climax (leaves the audience wanting to see more by the end of trailer) • Representation of victims portrayed within the narrative stage known as ‘struggle’ suggested by theorist Vladimir Propp. • Soundtrack music (plenty of non diagetic sounds) • Relatively short takes • Text in between shots • With thriller/horror there’s usually scary sounds like music boxes, children whispers, as well as some shots in slow motion. • Inclusion of endorsement, tag lines and credits