Trailers to Trailers

Actors and actresses have to live in their trailers to film their motion pictures just so we can watch the movie trailers and decide if we want to go see their movie.  There are many different genres to the motion picture industry – drama, comedy, horror, romance, sci-fi, and many others. What all of these different genres have in common is a structured trailer to entice consumers to go and view the film. There are certain elements that are applied to the construction to all trailers.

The first element to all trailers is the soundtrack to it. Most trailers begin with a soundtrack during the first minute of the trailer, which allows the video and some audio to give a background story to which the rest of the trailer can build on. Whether the sound track is narration or music, there is an opening presence where within the first ten seconds of the trailer the audience can identify with a certain genre of the film. If the film is a horror film there is usually some ire music or sound, whereas if it is a comedy the opening soundtrack is usually a narration like in The Dictator and TED.

The second element to any movie trailer is the cuts that transition in and out of text on the screen. Most trailers include some textual insertion during the first minute and end with snapshots of text. During the beginning text shots they usually give credit to the director, and at the end they give credit to the actors/actresses involved in the film. Text snapshots also give a good transition between action clips and transitioning in soundtracks such as in The Man with the Iron Fists, Fun Size, The Dictator, and Fast and Furious 6.

The third element to a trailer involves quick action shots after the climax is revealed, which leads up to a cliffhanger at the end. These series of action shots usually involves and increase in the tempo of a new sound track for example the rock music that is played in Red Dawn and in Fast and the Furious 6, which lead up to a few text shots and the cliff hanger at the end such as in Flight, Fun Size, and The Dictator. The trailer finishes almost every time leaving the audience with just enough information to leave them wanting to see the rest of the movie.

I watched Red Dawn, Fast and Furious 6, The Dictator, Savages, Flight, The Man with Iron Fists, Fun Size, and TED

For recut trailers I watched The Ring, Shawshank Redemption, and Mrs. Doubtfire.

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