In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
To show the best points and aspects of our trailer that challenge products of real media, I have created a 3x3 “Art of the Title” table. I have take 9 screen shots which I think show similar ways to which any other trailer would be presented or shown.
This is one of the final shots of the trailer. Taken at an interesting angle, I thought it was important to include. It is a shot of the main actor (Henri) and gives the idea that someone is looking up at him from the ground. It is difficult to see his face because the hood casts a dark image. In the background we can see the background of the light behind the trees which I think has a nice effect and a professional feel.
The second shot I have put on my grid is of myself hiding from the killer I am running from. I think this is good and looks realistic because of the way it shows an actor standing above me. Something that could normally be quite difficult to capture. It’s a shot that says rather a lot about the genre of the movie, and a bit about the story line without giving everything away. This is essential and is usually noticeable in most popular trailers produced.
This is one of my favourite shots in our trailer, it shows Henri the main actor, sitting up in bed, clearly startled by something. We can see that he is also holding a gun which adds to the suspense of the trailer. I feel that in movies and trailers it is important to not over complicate the shots and the editing. I like this shot because it is simple and sows a clear image. It isn't taken from a difficult angle and is easy for the viewer to see. Although the lighting is slightly darker than that of the other shots I don't think this is too important. It adds to the atmosphere being created throughout the trailer
Although it is important in a trailer or movie to keeps things simple, it is also good to have a contrast of different shots for various different things. I like this shot of the gun because it is something you would be likely to see in a real trailer for a film, especially one of a horror or thriller genre. I think by showing the gun at this angle, it gives the viewer a real sense of what is going on in the movie and makes it feel much more lifelike. The angle is taken almost as if there is a person lying down and looking at the gun from their side. In the trailer, we are trying to make the viewer feel as though the story line is as real as possible and that they are almost there.
Obviously this screen shot is of the title of the trailer. Something that has to be included in any trailer and that one is never without. Its important that the title of the move is clear to see and interesting to the audience that are watching. Its clarity is especially important because we want people to know what the movie is called so that they can go out and watch it. I think our title is very catching. It has a black background and white writing which makes it easy to be seen. There is also a blood stain/mark over the ”N” and the “C” of the Vengeance to give an idea of what sort of genre the film is. Usually most titles in trailers reflect the storyline or the genre of the film being presented. For example, a chick flick or girly movie is likely to have nice “simple” writing whereas and action or horror movie may be likely to include a gun or something along those lines in the background to add dramatic effect. When creating our title however we had to make sure that the writing wasn't too difficult to read because of the font. Although I think we managed to get it just right without making it too difficult for the viewer to read.
This is yet another shot of the main actor. The image is an over the shoulder shot which shows him looking in the mirror, something slightly different to the other shots included in our trailer. At this point in the trailer we can also hear a distinct noise in the background which gets a higher and higher pitch as the camera angle moves around Henri. I think the image of the face in the mirror and the back showing gives an eerie look and is almost scary for the viewer and makes them slightly curious. This is another shot that you are likely to see in a professional trailer. It was important that when we were getting this shot we had the right lighting. I also like that the image is slightly distorted and that the whole of Henri’s face isn’t totally visible. We can see a dark reflection and we can also see the simple background behind him which again adds to the suspicion and suspension of the trailer.
The seventh shot is one of the many titles that we included in our trailer. It says simply “IT LOSES IT’S TRUE MEANING”. Like the title of the trailer it was again important that we made sure all the titles and words in the trailer were easy to read, understand and relate to. All of the titles we used were put together to almost sum up our story line without giving anything away. They were very to the point and didn't stay on screen for too long. This is something we thought would be good to have in our trailer because we didn’t have a voice over. In a film with a genre like ours, the less speaking there is in the trailer, the more suspense is added for the viewers. It is also something that isn't included in a lot of other many professional trailers that makes it something quite different. Below you can see a trailer that also includes titles throughout like ours, and shows how they both play in a similar way.
The eighth shot is one of myself lying on the ground in the woods. It is taken slightly from behind a tree, and when watching the trailer, we can see the camera slowly move out from behind the tree finally to show the full body shot, lying on the floor. It’s a shot that says a lot for the genre of the trailer and is almost letting the viewer in on part of the story. Obviously they can see that someone is dead although they don't know how she was killed, how she got there, and for what reason. This is another shot that you would be likely to see in professional trailers for movies of the horror or thriller genre. Again this carries on with the pattern of relatively dark shots which we see constantly in our trailer. This is vital as we don't want to have some very bright and sunny shots, and then a dynamic change to dark and spooky shots.
This is my last shot in my grid and is one of the most important. As in any other trailer it is always vital that you include the credits at the end. Unlike the exact release date it is isn’t really optional to have some of the credits in. viewers normally like to see who the film has been produced by and which companies have been involved. It is also more interesting for them if they know some of the actors that are going to be present in the film as this is something that is particularly catching to an audience. By showing both production companies, the writers and the director, we have managed to include everything that would be present in a real media product.