Gladiator Trailer

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Anisa Jamil        English Coursework         10 PHH

Gladiator Trailer

Trailers are important to films for a number of reasons. They promote a film and present it to the target audience, in order to encourage them to watch the film. Trailers also give the audience expectations of the film. The audience like to know what to expect of a film before they go and see it. The audience is given a taste of the story and the basic plot. This is done by showing an array of clips that are edited to a certain degree. The trailer normally ends with a ‘cliff-hanger’. This is a term used to explain when an audience is not told the ending of a story. This makes them wonder in suspense as to what the possible endings could be, therefore drawing them in to watch the film. A voiceover is the narrator of a trailer. It connects the clips together to help the audience understand what the film is about. If a voiceover is not used, the trailer relies on cleverly selected dialogue of the film, to help the trailer flow. The trailer also suggests what genre a film is. Genre is what type of category a film falls into. For example, comedy, sci-fi, horror. It is important to show what type of genre a film is so the trailer will attract the right audience. If trailers are bad the film makers will lose money because no one will go and see the film. I f a film doesn’t do well; it can’t be released again because the expense is too large. A trailer needs to include the name of the film, the release date and the certificate rating. A trailer can show the names of the actor/actresses, producers and directors. This sometimes can draw the audience in if a popular and/or good looking actor/actress is starring in the film. Some times if a director or producer is more famous, his/her name instead.

I am analysing the trailer’ Gladiator’. I am looking at the camera shots/angles, colours, lighting, sound, plot, target audience and genre. The film Gladiator is an epic, action, war film with some romance and a lot of history. The opens image is of the ‘universal’ logo, an instantly recognisable big name. This is where the film was made. The following image is of the ‘DreamWorks’ logo. This is a Steven Spielberg company with a credible reputation. This is a distribution company. A dramatic drumbeat is heard at the start of the opening image which tells us instantly the genre of the film, an epic war film. This is because a heavy drumbeat is a reminiscent of battle.

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The first actual shot of the trailer is of the words ‘THE GENERAL’ is then shown in bold whit capital letters. I t stands out upon the black background. The words move back and eventually fade into the background. At the beginning of this shot the music builds up, trumpets now accompany the drums. This gives out a sense of defiance and strength. The audience associates this with war and battle. This next shot is a mid shot of a man walking boldly with his head up high. He is walking through lines of soldiers in big strides. He ...

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