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

How effective is the trailer to Gladiator(TM)?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

MEDIA COURSEWORK How effective is the trailer to 'Gladiator'? By Chlo� Denis, Yr 11 'Gladiator' is a 2000 film production directed by Ridley Scott. It is set in the year 180 and as well as being an historical and action film, is a drama one too. In this coursework, I will be studying its trailer, in order to explain how effective the trailer is. First of all I must explain what a trailer is and why film companies use them. Trailers are advertisements for films. They are made of various selected shots, in order to give the audience an idea of the film and entice them. Usually, directors pick the best parts of the movie, such as special effects, but those are shortened to not spoil it. 'Gladiator', is about a devoted Roman General, Maximus Decimus Meridius, who after discovering the murder of the Emperor by his son, Commodus, and refusing to serve him, is ordered to be killed as well as his family. He escapes, but is captured and becomes a slave of the new Roman Empire led by Commodus. Maximus rises in the gladiatorial arena to obtain his revenge for the murder of his family and his Emperor. ...read more.

Middle

The Text continues by showing, "The Gladiator", and a close up of Maximus appears. He looks worried and angry and is half in light half in shadow, which I think shows his anger at someone or something. This is followed by "Who defied an Empire", and a mid-shot of Caesar and another person, waving at the crowd, they are in shadow which enables us think that they must not be the 'nice characters'. The most important part at this point, is the music change. All the way through it was the same music but now, more brass instruments come in and the pace builds up as well as the volume of the music. We need to remember that the trailer keeps going, increasing its pace, so the viewer has less and less time to think what is happening, all he knows is that a general became a slave, a slave became a gladiator, a gladiator defied an Empire. This is very effective because as the viewer sees all this information in such a short time, his will to know why it happened and what has happened increases. His curiosity builds up as the pace builds up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Camera shots focus mainly on the character's expressions or pose, so for example, the viewer asks himself why a certain character looks angry and who at. Camera angles in this trailer show mainly the importance of the characters, such as the shot of Maximus from a very low angle. This affects the viewer because although the general has become a slave, he is still as powerful, and that will confuse the viewer on why that is. The Sound effects show that the film contains a lot of action and suspense, and the lighting shows a lot the atmosphere of parts of the film, such as death, poverty or malicious plans or thoughts. The Music and pace building are very effective, because they mix up all the viewer's questions and thoughts as the text goes on. In all, this trailer is very effective to 'Gladiator'. By giving limited information of the film, the trailer raises many questions in the viewer's mind, which leads to increasing their will to see the movie. It shows that the film is not only action but also historical, and the suspense grows throughout the media text. All the effects and shots are put in a way that will attract the viewer to see more of the film. So the trailer is indeed very effective to the film. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Audience and Production Analysis 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 GCSE Audience and Production Analysis essays

  1. Jaws Trailer

    As the shark spots it's prey and prepares to attack, the theme tune is at it's loudest and quickest. The theme tune stops as soon as the shark attacks it's prey. There is dead silence until the shark has attacked several times.

  2. Review of the trailer for the movie 1408.

    Such exceptional and sensational special effects in the trailer include: CGI (computer generated images). These are more for the ghosts and ghouls of room 1408 that are shown to the audience in the trailer more than anything else. But still they are very effective, making the audience almost always attracted to the trailer.

  1. I will now explain how conventions are used in my chosen trailer, and how ...

    shot was to show the audience that the thumb was not on a normal remote, the fact that it was on a detonator remote, and also show in detail that it was over a red button. As she presses the red button, the rocket bursts into flames and shoots towards a wall it rips the door knob of the wall.

  2. Analysis of the Opening scenes of the film Gladiator

    The fire is important as hell is represented by fire this is important as it makes the battle almost hell-like. We then see close-ups of the barbarians being slaughtered by the Roman missiles. On more than one occasion we see men in agony set alight by the artillery or impaled by a ballista bolt.

  1. How does Dreamworks represent RJ as a stereotypical hero?

    There is often a lot of slow motion to create the effect of humour and suspense. The music also slows down as the graphics do! There is often a lot of non-diegetic music to set the mood of the scene.

  2. How does Dreamworks represent RJ in Over The Hedge?

    relate to it, or the way in which Gladys acts, while a kid may just like the silliness of it. You could compare this film to others, such as Shrek, another DreamWorks movie that has very similar qualities. All together, the movie has an overall family feel to it, catering for all audiences, and therefore gaining maximum viewing figures.

  1. 1984 Coursework

    The effect that short sentences has on the readers is that it creates a sense of terror an suspense, leaving the reader to read on. Short sentences are very important as long, descriptive sentences, because they are very effective in what the reader is trying to say.

  2. Analyse the ways that the director builds up suspense and scares the audience in ...

    This creates suspense as we don't know what it is in the water. A cut back to the level wide shot and as the camera changes a buzz track begins, this is a non-diegetic sound.

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