• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Trailers - Harry Potter and Mission Impossible 2

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The use of a 'trailer' to advertise films has developed in the last ten years into an art almost separate from that of making the film itself. As seen last summer when 'Star Wars Fever' was at its height, the release of certain eagerly awaited trailers has become almost as hyped as the release of the film itself. More and more attention is paid towards the making of trailers and 'teaser trailers', because of the huge role they play in boosting the profits of the film. They have become longer, they give away more of the plot lines than ever before and in some cases specialist directors have been called in to make them. Both of these trailers are 'teaser trailers'. This means that they are released quite some time before the film, in the case of Harry Potter, nine months before the film is due to be released. They contain less information about plots than normal trailers, merely introducing the viewer to the genre and possibly some of the major selling points, although some teasers may be quite minimal. ...read more.

Middle

Woo is particularly known for his habit of altering the speed of shots, slowing down the frame speed, often during fight scenes. This emphasises the skill and brutality of the fights and allows the viewer to take in more detail, especially facial expressions. This is used principally with Tom Cruise; in the first fight scene we see him execute a spinning kick in slow motion. This allows us to see the anger and concentration on Cruise's face and also puts more emphasis on the fluidity of the movement - the swinging of Cruise's hair following his movement catches the eye. Up until halfway through the MI 2 trailer, there are almost no fast action scenes at all. It is filmed with long, sweeping, panoramic shots, some more than 5 seconds in length. Fades are used instead of straight cuts to add continuity and 'mise en scene' shots are used to show the size and scope of the landscape. And then, louder music cuts in, an explosion rips across the screen as his glasses self-destruct and the action begins. A series of short one or two second cuts begins, showing action from the film. ...read more.

Conclusion

The music is quiet and tuneful during calm scenes and when there is a frightening or dangerous scene it is loud and threatening. In MI 2 the music is another intertextuality with the television series, from which the main theme for the music was taken. The soundtrack was commissioned to a cool rock band (again adding status to the film among younger people) but still revolved around the same basic theme. The music doesn't fit around the action going on in the trailer, apart from when the loud guitar theme begins simultaneously with the action sequence. Also it pauses to let Cruise say the only diagenic line at the end. Less care was probably taken with the soundtrack in this trailer, as it would probably be reused during the actual film. This is impossible for a tailor-made soundtrack such as is used in Harry Potter. These 'teaser trailers' are much shorter than a normal trailer would be, and instead of immersing us in plot lines, intend to expose us to high-paced special effects and action, instantly grabbing our attention. However short and uninformative they may be, they are still glimpses of what is to come and so command huge amounts of excitement among dedicated fans. Comparison Between Two Film Trailers Andrew MacKay 10S 03.05.07 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. Essay Tom Cruise

    In 1992, Cruise appeared in A few good men, where he received a Golden Globe and MTV nominations. The Golden Globe would have brought Cruise massive respect from fellow actors, and, critics. Once more, Cruise's fame was rising. 12 years later, Cruise appeared in Vanilla Sky, a film, different in

  2. The task was to produce a 3 minute teaser trailer (a romance sport genre), ...

    trailer effectively heightened the hype of the teaser trailer, and lead to the unexpected revelation that the one of the male actor in the trailer was dating his friends sister behind his back. However, audiences, although they thought the convention did work, almost unanimously agreed that the increased pace made

  1. Compare and contrast how the film language used in the two trailers for bend ...

    as she is getting past all the guys, which shows that she is powerful and just as good as or better than the boys. In trailer 2 there is a medium shot of the pitch, decreasing the amount of offload of camera appearances to follow, then the girl training swerves

  2. In this essay I will be comparing the methods employed in the production of ...

    However as the trailer progresses it logically follows the influx of action scenes which are presented as non-linear jump cuts. The scenes which suggest the end result is largely a violent bloody one, for instance when one of the soldiers is wielding a baseball bat at the head of a

  1. With reference to genre and narrative features, consider how the opening 10 minutes of ...

    His prestige would attract audience to the film. He is looking beaten up and confused by his surroundings. We are shown that he is handcuffed to a chair and therefore helpless. There is then an over the shoulder shot which reveals to us a woman also handcuffed to a chair with tape over her mouth in front of Ethan.

  2. Film review Let Him Have It On the night of November 2 1952, ...

    His sentence and imprisonment of twelve years in prison led to an emotional collapse in Craig's character as the director shows. In one scene, Derek comes by Craig's house and calls Craig out but Craig simply swears and tells Derek to go away.

  1. How the directors of Mission Impossible 2 / The World do Is Not Enough ...

    These indicating the hero as an exotic man, making a person think he is mysterious and a spy is usually mysterious in many ways. The Costume of a hero is vital code and convention; this makes the personality of a person particularly heroes.

  2. Write a detailed film review of The red room concentrating on how this piece ...

    It is questionable, that because Johnny has been subjected to violence for most of his life, it has caused him to become violent himself. In the film, when Marty puts his leg onto the dining table to make the point about his injury, Johnny looks away, which may indicate that

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work