Jodie Goodacre - Trailer Research - Trailers 11-15

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Media – Trailers 11-15 Jodie Goodacre


Camera: Opens with close ups and medium shots of mother and daughter as they discus the plane. These shots show the strong relationship of the two characters. A collection of fast paced establishing shots of different section of the plane are used to show how large the plane is. Various close ups of the mothers face are used to show her expression of worry and fear as she tries to find her daughter. Close up shots of other characters are used to show their expressions of pity and confusions for the mother. Also some characters are shown to feel anger and irritancy as they believe that the mother is mentally unstable, developing plot. Some shots and sequences are filmed using a hand held effect, creating slightly shaky and distorted scenes, which clearly show the mothers feelings of disorientation and fear. The Extreme close ups are used of the mother which allows the audience to focus on her and her feelings of desperation. Sound: Non-diegetic use of piano keys. This high pitch piano creates an eerie and foreshadowing effect of the negativity to later to occur. The piano also has connotations of innocence, which relate to the little girl viewed in this scene. Non-diegetic adding of low pitch violins, which have a more unsettling and negative tone. Pleonastic sound the plane taking off and flying. This exaggerated low pitch noise adds to the eerie atmosphere being created. Non-diegetic eerie distorted sound effects are added to build tension. Collection of dialogue from the mother asking many time is they other characters have seen her daughter. This emphasises the panic the mother is feelings and the negative situation. Low volume non-diegetic distorted echo noises are used to allow the audience to focus on important and negative dialogue. Non-diegetic war drums at low pitch and violins at high pitch are used to build tension and emphasises the eerie atmosphere. Non-diegetic distorted plane engine noises are used to link to the location of the film as well as to create an intense scene. Pleonastic punch noise is added to show the distress, danger and violence within the film. Pleonastic noises of other characters screaming and shouting to show the distress yet anger of the characters and hatred towards the main character for her actions.


Mise en scene: The location of the large plane is used as it shows how there are many different places for the child and the antagonist to hide without anyone finding them, which creates an eerie and negative atmosphere. The costumes are used to establish character and personalities. Julia is seen to wear a girly and feminine clothing which emphasises her girly and youthful character. The mother wears casual and understated clothing of a dark tone. This shows her average character and motherly figure, although the dark clothing foreshadows the negativity to occur. Other characters and their positions are easily established also due to their uniforms. The heart drawn on the window my Julia emphasises her vulnerability, innocent and pure character. Julie’s teddy bear also signifies the girls innocence, youth and pure character. Editing: A dark filter is used throughout the trailer to create a dark and dismal setting, linking to the negativity and eerie story. The first sequence includes many fast paced establishing shots of the plane. This creates a fast and negative sequence. The transitions in this sequence include a distorted CCTV effect, which creates an eerie atmosphere and giving the impression that someone is spying on those on the plane. Fade to black and fade to next shot transitions are used to create a dream like effect. The shots increase in pace when the mother is franticly looking for her daughter, in order to create a rushed scene, showing her feelings of fear. Graphic sentences appear throughout the trailer to inform the audience of what is occurring. These appear in a bold white font on the shot or on a black and blue background. The shots near the end increase in speed with a black screen flash braking up the shots at high speed, creating a flashing sequence, which shows the fear of the characters. The graphic film title is of a bold white font on a black background with light coming out the letters, creating a light in the dark effect. The end credits include the date of the films release and a website for more information. Things I Could I nclude? I liked the use of the hand held camera shots throughout this trailer. The shaky effect created a negative and distorted atmosphere which I feel would work well in our trailer to enhance upon tone of danger and character’s emotions.


Camera: Opens with an establishing medium shot of four children standing alone. This shows their vulnerability as well as their importance to the film. Medium shots of the characters establish their importance and their positions. High angle medium shot of the children make them appear small, vulnerable and inferior compared to the low angle shot of the lady. Low level close up of a figures shadow underneath a door. This creates a negative and mysterious tone as the figure is not identified. Close up of Lucy’s face as she looks up in awe at the object. This builds tension as the audience do not see in full what the object is, holding their attention. Establishing high level shots are used to show the hidden world inside the wardrobe. This change in location creates a magical atmosphere. Low level long shot of a figure standing with his back to a sunset, creating the figure to appear dark and not clearly visible. This sunset is used in order to create a powerful and positive connotation to the figure, also shown through the low angle. A collection of fast paced shots are used to present what the story holds, and showing the element of action within the film. This includes long shots of the character ready for a battle, long shot of the characters running and the main characters holding weapons, all of which build tension. Sound: Non-diegetic soft and delicate violin which are used to link to the children’s youth and innocence, as well as the magical story. The violins are quite low in volume, allowing the audience to recognise them as well as focus on the dialogue. Pleonastic thunder is used in order to show the audience the sadness of the children. When the wardrobe is found, an orchestra plays including violins, xylophones and chimes all to emphasis the wonder of the mysterious wardrobe. Pleonastic creaky door creates an intense and interesting atmosphere. Non-diegetic drums and tambourines are used for when the children discover the new world. This creates an intense atmosphere, foreshadowing later danger to the four. Diegetic roar of beast surprises the audience, as it suddenly changes the positive and magical atmosphere to show to negativity of this world. The non-diegetic classical orchestra increases in speed and volume to build tension and to match the fast paces sequences.


Mise en Scene: The four children wear dark toned clothing which established the time period, as well as making them appear to be normal and typical children, emphasising their normality. However, the children’s clothing has changed in the second location as they are seen to be dressed in royal and wealthy clothing. This shows how their status and positions have changed, as they were viewed as unimportant and inferior in the first location, and the second they are seen as superior and important Using a wardrobe is an effective prop as this is a very normal and everyday object, although in this context it is seen as an extraordinary and magical piece. The colours used in the second location are all of bright tones, which exaggerates the magical and positive atmosphere here, whereas the first location included rather dark and dull tones, such as the furniture and clothing. This shows how the four children's lives have improved. The lighting varies throughout the trailer. In the first location the lighting is slightly of lower key and a darker duller tone, to show the normality of their lives, although in the second location the lighting is of a much higher key, creating a bright and positive atmosphere. Various weapons are shown in the end scene to show the elements of action and the danger awaiting the characters. This also emphasises how their roles have changed from vulnerable and weak, to strong, brave and powerful. Editing: The fade to next shot transitions are used when the children are introduced to their temporary home. These are used here to create a dream effect, which shows how the character’s lives have drastically changed from this location to the one in Narnia. Editing and CGI is used throughout the trailer to create mythical animals, characters and the lion in order to truly capture the magical and unique world. Cut transitions are used in the final section of the trailer to create an impacting and intense action piece as the transitions make the section appear faster. The graphic title of the film appears in a clear yet unique font shaped like icicles and ice, which then changes to a bold red colour. This could have deeper meaning as it shows that not everything is as it appears. This relates to the children and the wardrobe. Things I Could I nclude? The colours played an important role in this trailer as the tones and shades created different atmospheres, which we could incorporate in our trailer, to separate the positive from the negative.


Camera: Opens with establishing shots of London city, showing the audience the setting. Alters to various fast paced shots, including close ups and extreme close up of our main character, focusing on him. There is also a high level shot of a women who is viewed to be lifted in the air magically. This adds a supernatural element to the film. Continuous zoom shot close up of a new character (Watson) which allows the audience to focus on him. Low angle and level two shot of Watson and Holmes which shows their positive yet comedic relationship. Various close ups and shot reverse shots to introduce and develop the main characters. Two shots of the main characters firing guns and fighting others, showing the elements of danger and violence within the film. Shot-reverse-shots of Watson and Holmes, presenting their developing relationship as they fight antagonists together and interact with each other in a comedic manner Sound: Non-diegetic echoing drums to build tension and create an intense and gripping introduction. Non-diegetic low pitch violins to create tension. Silence is used in areas to allow the audience to focus on the comedic or important dialogue. A collection of non-diegetic instruments to build tension, such as electric guitars, drums and violins and high pace. Triumphant and heroic non-diegetic collection of high pitched violins and war drums. This creates an intense and gripping action scene. These sounds increase in speed as the trailer begins to finish, to build more tension and create an intense and gripping ending. Narration is used when Holmes is fighting a character in slow motion, in order to emphasis his power. Pleonastic sound effects of guns firing and punches to exaggerate and show elements of violence and action.


Mise en Scene: The pipe that Holmes is seen smoking shows his intelligence and wisdom, as at this historical time it was seen of a sign of wisdom and wealth. The costumes are indications of the characters personality and historical time period, as Watson and Holmes are dressed in professional and smart attire, with long trench coats and top hats, showing the historical era. These professional and sophisticated clothes also are indicators to the characters intelligent personalities. The female character is seen to wear the colour red, which shows her feminine and lustful character, as well indicating this as a warning to her more sinister side. The props of the swords and guns are all signifiers of the violence and action within the film, as well as the foreshadowing danger towards the main characters. The lighting through out the trailer uses a mixture of high key and low key lighting. The high key lighting shows the comedic and positive elements within the film, whereas the low key lighting focuses on emphasising the more negative and violent aspects. Editing: Cut transitions are used in the introduction of the trailer to create a smooth sequence. Cut transitions are also used in fast paced intense scenes to create a gripping and intense scene. CGI is used throughout to create various explosions, which all show the violence, dangerous and action elements within the film. The shots are edited in at a fast pace in some sections to create fast and intense sequence to present the action filled film. Slow motion is used when Holmes is attacking the antagonist to show fully his actions whilst fighting. This allows the audience to focus on Holmes’ power in this shot and superior fighting skills. Graphic names of the actors appear one after the other whilst viewing a close up of their character, showing the audience clearly the actors and their characters. The graphic title of the film appear on a black background with each letter in a separate square, in a bold and large grey font, creating a clear and cold title. The end credits show all that were in the production of the film, the release date and social media connections to find more information. Things I Could I nclude? The slow motion effect used in editing I think would work well in our trailer. With this effect we could emphasises particular events and character emotions, as well as to create interesting shots.


Camera: Opens with establishing high level high angle shot of a high school from a high window, followed by a high angle/ level pan shot of a high school corridor. This shows the audience the setting of the story as well as the age of characters. Fast pans from shot to shot, making a fast paced sequence, as well as showing the audience the disorientation the main character feels and his uncomfortable feelings in this setting. Long shot showing various students sitting at desks, focusing on the main character who is viewed to have fallen over, focusing on the comedic genre of the film, as well as his clumsy, relatable and humorous character. Establishing shot of a house, although the camera is turned in a full circle whilst viewing the house. This creates the impression that this is not your average story, showing how this characters life was theoretically turned upside down. Close up of Rachel crying, focusing on her vulnerable character and feelings of sadness, making the audience empathise with her. Two shot of Greg and Rachel hugging, showing how their relationship has developed. Close ups are used to focus on the character’s expressions of happiness, contrasting the close up of Rachel crying, presenting the story’s positive and uplifting elements. Sound: Opens with narrative voice over the main character. This is used to create a story tale effect as well as to inform the audience of the story and what is occurring. Non-diegetic fast paced neutral guitar and drums, which creates an upbeat and positive atmosphere, as well as linking to the youthful age of the main characters. Non-diegetic echo effect when Greg falls over, in order to emphasis the comedic element of this film. Non-diegetic use of a various popular contemporary uplifting songs, including upbeat guitars, drums and vocals, to create a positive setting, showing the happy elements of the film, as well as relating to the youthful age of the characters. Non-diegetic soft acoustic guitar Is used to focus on the sad dialogue of the characters. Diegetic film role sound, which presents and emphasises the characters love of films, developing plot and characters. Silence is used to focus on comedic or important dialogue.


Mise en scene: Costumes are used to indicate and establish different characters. For example, Greg and Earl are seen to wear contemporary and casual clothes, which present their laid back characters, as well as linking to their youthful ages. Rachel is seen to wear casual yet feminine clothing, showing her girly yet relatable personality, making the audience relate and empathise with her. The cat relates to the comedic genre, as the parents give Greg the cat after saying they want to “talk about something sad”. The cat is used to create a positive atmosphere, which relates to the story overall, as the characters try to focus on the positive aspects of life to forget the negative. The setting of Rachel’s bedroom is very girly and stereotypical teenage girl in the way its decorated, which emphasises how relatable and normal she is. The lighting throughout the trailer is very high key which creates a bright and positive atmosphere, linking to the positivity and uplifting story. Editing: Graphic credits are used throughout the trailer, which are created using bold different colours, which adds to the positive and youthful genre. The credits include quotes from others with their opinions of the film. The screen splits into two sections with different quick shots appearing on each side, which includes two shots of Greg and Rachel. This quickly and effectively shows how their relationship is developing. CGI is used to create low quality explosions and special effects in Greg and Earl’s home made videos. The quality of the explosions were quite low in order to present the two boys’ love of film making from an early age, and to also to show the characters fun and quirky personalities. The graphic title is of bold and different colours to create a positive looking title, linking to the story. The graphics include how the film is “coming soon”, websites, hash tags for interactions on social media, and the company logos. The credits do not include any actor names or those involved in the creation. Things I Could I nclude? The split into two editing creates a positive atmosphere. This could be incorporated as it is a quick an effective way of using a montage of shots.


Camera: A close up low angle shot of a male character, who appears to the superior of the few due to the low angle. Extreme close up of the superior character, allowing the audience to focus on him, showing his importance and authority. High angle close up of the candidates turning over their papers to see that its just a plain piece of paper. This creates a mysterious atmosphere, confusing the audience yet attracting their attention. This is followed by close ups of confused and fearful faces. Close up shot of a character at a canted angle, showing the disorientation and fear of the characters. High level and angle shot showing three characters looking up at the character. This makes them appear small, weak and vulnerable, as well as creating mystery as the audience do not know what they are looking at. Two shot of two characters fighting, showing how this situation is negatively effecting them. Extreme close up of a crying eye, creating a negative and eerie atmosphere, as well as focusing on the sadness and despair of the characters. The fast paced shots near the end are filmed using a hand held effect, making the shots seem shaky, making the audience experience the character’s feelings of disorientation, fear and despair. Sound: Opens with Non-diegetic low pitch distorted echo to create a negative atmosphere. This is paired with high pitch violins, which adds an eerie and unsettling tone. These pieces are quite low in volume, allowing the audience to focus on the dialogue. Pleonastic sound of the button on the timer, which emphasises how the candidates time is running out. When the paper is revealed to be a blank piece of paper, the non-diegetic sounds alter to a distorted echo and breathing sound to create a mysterious and eerie mood. Non-diegetic drums are added to build tension and to create a heart beat effect, showing how their time is running out. Silence is used to emphasis the dialogue repetition of “what is the question?” showing the characters despair. Pleonastic sounds of punches to show the amount of violence and danger with in the film. The non-diegetic music increases in pitch to build tension. Non-diegetic high pitch distorted scream like noise to create an eerie and distorted atmosphere.


Mise en scene: Each character is seen to be dressed in professional and sophisticated clothing, including shirts, ties, and pencil skirts, to present their intelligent and superior characters. Although, this contrasts to the later scenes of the candidates when they are fighting, crying and shouting. This shows how their portrayed superior and intelligent characters can be altered to the inferior and distressed candidates due to psychological distress. The costume of the antagonist is dressed smartly also although he is wearing all black clothing, which has connotations of evil and negativity, showing his sinister character. The one location of the dark small room challenges the average film trailer, creating a unique and interesting story. It also creates an eerie atmosphere, as it shows that there is no where for the candidates to hide. Various props are used, including guns and fire, in order the symbolise the elements of danger and action with in the story. Editing: Blurred focus is used on some shots in order to make the audience focus on one aspect of the shot. A blue filter is added on to the long shot. This effect creates a foreshadowment of danger for the characters, acting as a warning. The sequence which concludes the trailer includes very fast paced shots, which creates an intense scene. This is paired with cut shot transitions which add to the intense and smooth sequence. This sequence is broken up by edited in close ups of the black and red timer. This emphasises how the characters time is running out, building tension. The last shot of the man holding the gun to this head has an edited effect, making the shot become lighter until it becomes a fully white background. The graphic title is in the style of the number on the title, to link to the genre of the film as well as creating an eerie, negative and intense atmosphere. Things I Could I nclude? The professional costumes for inferior characters creates an unusual atmosphere, which I could use for my antagonist as he goes through his own personal dystopia.