Evaluation Question 1
In what ways does your media product
use, develop or challenge forms and
conventions for real media products?
My trailer adheres to many conventions of a romantic comedy. One
of these conventions is writing being a key aspect of the film, an
example of this being in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, where
the main character’s letter is read out as a voiceover to give the
audience a brief idea of the storyline before continuing to watch the
trailer. This inspired the title of my film as the narrative follows the
protagonist Danielle’s letters to her deceased best friend Ella.
My trailer has also conformed to a typical coming of age film as I
have filmed a party scene, as has been done in The Spectacular
Now. I used a mid shot to show the mise en scene and props that
made the setting obvious but also capture their expressions. The
use of a party highlights the contrast of the characters’
personalities as well, as Danielle is awkward and at loss as what
do in this social situation, Charlie guiding her through it.
My trailer has another conventional scene, this time in a car. This
showed the age of the characters (17-18) as they are able to drive
but still in school. While analysing trailers in preparation for
making mine I found that they are often emotionally intense due to
the intimacy of the scenes, for instance, in Love Rosie.
My trailer develops the convention of coming of age film trailers
as it features a mix of emotions. This gives the audience a
sample of what is to come in the film and they therefore
become emotionally invested in it. A film trailer that did this to
the furthest extent was The Way Way Back, not showing the
trailer in a chronological order but contrasting the moods that
are typical of films that orientate around adolescence. Likewise
to my trailer, it would show scenes of the main character having
fun and laughing, followed by one of him clearly upset.
Moreover, my trailer adheres to the convention of death being a
theme of the film. Similar to Charlie St. Cloud, someone close to the
protagonist has passed away, determining the course of the film.
However, my trailer defies the convention of the dead character
featuring in it, as I wanted all attention to be on the relationship that
is the primary focus of the film.
In addition, my trailer conventionally uses the location of school
for a portion of its scenes. This is to make it clear to the audience
that this is a coming of age film that is about teenagers and gives
them an outline of the issues that the characters will face. Mean
Girls is a prime example of this convention, the majority of the
film, therefore trailer, being set in their high school. I did use other
locations, however, so that the trailer would not appear boring and
My trailer adheres to the convention of having a unique font
for the title, as Paper Towns has done. I used a font that
mimics handwriting as the title is inspired by the
protagonist’s letter writing. The font is also bold so stands
out well on the, also conventional, black background.