Originals and Remakes

The first movie trailer I watched was Pitch Perfect. The preview was 2:31 minutes long and most of the shots lasted around one to five seconds. There was very little transition between the shots. The preview had a pattern of having a bunch of quick shots then one long shot with comedic dialogue then returning back to quick shots. The preview starts with instrumental music but pauses when comedic dialogue comes on. Towards the end of the preview, the music is music from the film but continues that pattern of pausing the music during comedic dialogue. The sound effects were DJ-like. The typography included “this October,” “from Universal Pictures” and “Pitch Perfect” at the very end.

The second movie preview I watched was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This preview lasts two minutes and twenty-nine second. At the beginning of the preview, the length of the shots are long with long transitions between the shots, then the length of the shots speeds up with little transition between the shots, and this repeats twice. The preview ends with a long length shots with long transitions between the shots. The preview starts with eerie music that emphasizes the dialogue. Transitioning into quicker shots and quicker transitions with dramatic, theatrical opera music. The preview ends with the theme song of the movie series. The typography includes “the finale of a worldwide phenomenon,” “the motion picture event of the generation,” “presented in 2 parts,” “Part 1 November 2010,” “Part 2 July 2011,” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” “complete the journey in 3D.” The audio dialogue does not really stray away from the original scene.

The following movie preview I watched was Legally Blonde. This movie preview is two minutes and thirty seconds long. The preview starts with long shot lengths than speeds up to quicker shot length more into the preview after the scene is set. The song used in the trailer is the song the actual movie starts with. The sound effects are the lion yell for MGM Pictures and court gavel knocking. There is a lot of narration in this preview, including, “MGM Pictures presents…” “… a comedy about knowing who you are” “… and about showing what you got,” “Reese Witherspoon” “Legally Blonde.” The only typography in the movie is the MGM Pictures logo and the title “Legally Blonde.” It is equally divided in the audio synchronization and dialogue audio used on different shots from the movie.

The next movie preview I watched was The Amazing Spiderman. This movie preview is two minutes and fifty-one seconds long. The long length shots in the beginning are accompanied by long transitions and the quick shots are accompanied by short transitions. Mellow but dramatic music is used in the beginning while the long length shots are being seen and more dramatic opera music is being played with the shorter shots. Some typography was used – such as, “His past was kept from,” “his search for the answer has just begun,” “this summer,” “the untold story,” then the Spiderman logo along with the release date. The sound effects used in this movie are to emphasize the logo appearing at the end of the preview. Most of the dialogue is pulled from its original shot and accompanied by another shot to connect the story line together.

The final movie preview I watched was for Despicable Me 2. The use of longer length shots and shorter length shots was around the same with little transition used between all shots. The preview starts with whimsical music then changes into a well-known Enimem song, Guess Who’s Back, going with the idea of the second movie playing into the playful aspect of this film. The only typography included in this preview is the production company’s logos, the release date, and the title of the movie. There was no narration to the preview and all the audio dialogue was synced with its original shots.

The first recut trailer I watched was Shining. The length of the video was a minute and twenty-five seconds. Mainly the length of shots that comprised the preview were long and there was minimal transition time between each shot. There was a lot of narration in this preview; “Meet Jack Torrance,” “He’s a writer looking for inspiration,” “meet Danny,” “he’s a kid looking for a dad,” “Jack just can’t finish his book,” “but now,” “sometimes what we need the most is just around the corner,” “shining.” The music used in this preview was whimsical happy music after the narration was done. The audio synchronization follows the original scenes while the narration part of the preview, then while the music is playing, audio is put over different shots from the film. The only typography in this preview is the ending title of “Shining.”

The final recut I watched was Mean Girls recut as a horror movie. This preview was a minute and forty-four seconds long. It was composed of long length shots that included original dialogue and quicker shots with no original dialogue. The typography used was “obsession,” “Mean Girls,” “Coming soon.” The most notable aspect about this preview is the use of audio dialogue over other clips, it was used a lot in this preview compared to other trailers observed.

I observed that the shot length in the beginning of trailers was always longer than the rest of the trailer. I believe this is to set the setting and storyline for the rest of the trailer. Quicker shot lengths were used to prompt excitement – especially for more action packed movies like Harry Potter and Transformers. Longer length aside from setting the scene were used for important dialogue that could not be pulled out of context. I found that sound effects were not used very heavily. They were only used in action movies in fights scenes or to add drama to the event taking place like a falling building. According to the trailers I observed for this assignment, the average length of a movie trailer is right around two and half minutes. The two recuts I observed were under two minutes long. Narration was more prevalent in movies with less action and more explanation needed. There was more use of narration when audio dialogue was not used. I feel like from observing newer movies with some older movies, it is an older technique to narrate the entire trailer. Typography was either used to add drama that would not have been taken from the preview like in Harry Potter‘s trailer, underlining how it’s a movie phenomenon. Typography is mainly used for the title and release date. I noticed for audio synchronization is that for important dialogue in the movie, they stayed with the original shots but dialogue that has importance over the whole movie, it ties the story line in with different clips than the original shot it was recorded with.

I feel like the recut trailers used voice overs different clips and narration more than the original movie trailers because that’s how they told the story. I feel like it was very hard not to use voices over the video because the original was not telling the story that the recut was, so the editor could not use the original audio and video together. In the recuts I choose, there was minimal usage of typography. Rather, they relied heavily on narration and voice overs.




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