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We studied a number of film trailers and came to the following conclusions about their conventions. Each one of them has the common features that I have discovered.

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Movie Trailers We studied a number of film trailers and came to the following conclusions about their conventions. Each one of them has the common features that I have discovered. At the start of every movie trailer, there is a production company logo and name. This is very important in every trailer because it notifies the audience that the movie was made by this particular company. Each company has its own logo brand and copyright name/logo, as it has been used for many years, on different types of movies. I have also noticed that a company can make and supports a certain type of genre film. There are many different production companies that have been around for many years; 20th Century Fox, Path´┐Ż, DreamWorks, Universal, Miramax Films, Walt's Disney, Paramount, Warner Brothers etc. These companies have made so many different films which people would now recognize in a flash, even without looking at the name of the company. This is because the company is so familiar and we see it in everyday life, all around us. After a trailer has shown the production company (which only takes about two to three seconds), the film shows a very brief number of clips/images taken from the movie - but only the most exciting moments. ...read more.

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The voice informs the audience who made the film, who acted in the film, if it had won any awards, what is the releasing date and the production company that helped make the film. I think this is a better way to present a trailer instead of reading the text yourself, because the voiceover can give more information and is clear to understand. For example, you can watch the screen and listen at the same time, which gives you more to take in. As part of learning about trailers, we analysed twelve different trailers and picked out four which are all different genres. The first trailer I have chosen to write about is Paramount's Mission Impossible 2.Mission Impossible 2 is a sequel to Mission Impossible 1. The title relates to the genre of the movie, action. Like most action trailers, it starts off at a medium pace, and then builds up to a fast pace, with loud music pace music and a voice-over. It has swift cuts in between each frame as the genre is action, and also the movie uses the same soundtrack from the previous movie (Mission - Impossible 1), but with a bit of adjustment to it. ...read more.

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Brief analysis of my trailer Fame 1: By putting the production company 'Universal' it would get straight into the trailer as it notifies the audience the location of the movie and genre. Fame 2: Gives the audience a better idea of the location of where in the USA the movie is set in. Fame 3: Introduces one of the main characters, the girl - daughter. Also gives the environment (school) of where the action is going to be. Fame 4: Also introduces main characters (father and son). Also shows they are a family by the dialogue, "Take your sister . . ." Fame 5: Allows the camera to shoot a different type of shot which is only used once throughout the whole trailer - Panning. Fame 6: Again, introduces main characters (hijackers). Plus it begins a new sound (danger) as these two connect in the trailer. Fame 7: Uses a different camera shot and with this shot plus the music reaching a high pitch, it is building up towards the title of the movie. Fame 8: This shot enforces convections of action films with the dialogue and the change of music. Fame 9: This shot tells the audience the name of the movie along with its soundtrack. Fame 10: This shot informs the audience of when the movie is out in cinema. Pukar Bhattarai Assignment 2 1 Media Studies: Movie Trailers ...read more.

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