Going through and watching movie trailers for this assignment ultimately lead me to one conclusion: “Good God, I must watch all of these movies!” Though my conclusion was slightly misdirected, by watching movie trailers it’s easy to understand my thought process. Trailers tend to focus on the best parts of movies, the most exciting scenes, the most dramatic moments, without giving away the storyline. Viewing many of them one after the other, I noticed a few patterns that tied many of the film trailers together.
In terms of timing, I gathered that the average trailer was around 2 minutes and 15 seconds. The scenes within these trailers, however, were significantly shorter. Many of the trailers consisted of scenes that were no longer than 4-5 seconds maximum. Mashed together, however, they portrayed a storyline that wasn’t very difficult to follow. Most all of the trailers were very fast paced. This actually helps build the excitement about the movie, rather than it just seeming long and dragged out. The longest trailer that I viewed was about 2 minutes and 30 seconds, and was for the movie Prometheus, while the shortest trailer I watched was 1 minute and 1 second and was for the Women in Black. Both trailers, however, didn’t seem long or short, simply because of the quick pacing and short length of the scenes.
The music played in the background of the trailers is, in my opinion, the most crucial portion of the trailer. Without the right music, the trailer can go terribly wrong. Whether it is intense and epic action music for thriller-type movies or eerie and suspenseful music for horror movies, these add to the emotional impact of the trailers greatly. Very few of the trailers I viewed used narrators for the trailer, however many of them did use audio lines from the movie which carried over a series of scenes. For example, the Amazing Spiderman trailer begins with a lip-synced dinner conversation, which is then carried over throughout many more scenes before the trailer brings it back to the dinner scene.
Where as the original trailers didn’t really require typography or narration, the recut trailers did need these in order to make their point. When watching the recut trailer for The Exorcist, majority of the trailer would not make sense if it wasn’t for the narrator, who describes the overall theme for the movie which is then backed up by individual scenes and scripts. The trailers made sense because of the way the narrators set up the background. In the recut trailer for The Ring, the typography showed up about 6 times and worked wonders by adding a much more serious and dramatic tone to the film.
Of all the recut railers I viewed, the trailer for The Ring was by far the greatest. Transforming the move from a horror to a drama, the trailer is hilariously compelling when viewed.
Trailers: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, The Amazing Spiderman, The Campaign, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Hunger Games, Prometheus, The Woman in Black, Safety Not GuaranteedRecut Trailers: The Exorcist (Horror to Family film), The Ring (Horror to drama), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Comedy to drama).