Existing film cover and DVD cover analysis. (Memoirs of a geisha)
Existing Film Trailer and DVD cover analysis
The film that I am analysing is memoirs of a geisha, the rating of this film is a 12 and there are 8 main characters in the movie, 1.Sayuri/chiyo, 2.pumpkin, 3.Hatsumomo, 4.Nobu, 5.memeha, 6.Chairman, 7.mother, 8.auntie. I think Woman would be more drawn to this film simply because it is a romantic drama and it is more likely of a woman to be interested in it, although there is nothing wrong with a man watching it.
If someone where to watch this film I think they would expect to see a young girl who lives a troubled life, from her mother dying to her father selling her to a geisha house, Falling in love at a very young age and accomplishing her life dream of becoming a geisha.
The film trailer of memoirs of a geisha has low, high, long and close-up camera shots, the soundtrack to it is mostly drumming and classical music, this gives the trailer a very theatrical view. In the beginning of the trailer for memoirs of a geisha chiyo/sayuri (the main character) who is standing on top of mountains staring out in to the space as the wind blows into her hair, while this is happening she is telling the viewers “ a story like mine should never be told” and it is going on to show her life and how it progresses, from then on It is obvious that the film is a drama, I can tell this form the trailer because of 1. the music, ( fast upbeat drumming, very mysterious and dramatic) 2. camera shots ( long shots, close shots, low shots and high shots, all these shots make different effects on the movie, i.e. they make it much more dramatic especially low shots and long shots.) 3. narrator, ( is the main character of the movie, she makes it sound very mysterious and interesting because she does not tell you a lot about the movie, and she talks about her life, not the movie, even though her life is the movie.) I think people who watch the trailer for memoirs of a geisha would be very interested into the film, and also the trailer leaves you curious, and wanting to see more. The iconography for this film is mostly geishas ( Japanese woman with faces painted white and red lips) to show that it is a romantic/drama the there are parts of the film showing couples, and her falling in love.
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The DVD cover for memoirs of a geisha denotes a woman in the middle of several images, 1, 2 men, a couple, and 2 woman and at the bottom of it, it shows a young girl in a corridor running. It Connotes , the main character , chiyo.sayuri, as a geisha, who is trapped between several people, maybe thoughts or feelings, i.e. the couple could represent the love in her life, the 2 men could represent confusion in her life and the two woman could represent competition.
At the bottom half of the DVD cover, there is a young girl in a corridor running, this image could represent chiyo/sayuri as a young girl, maybe trying to run-away or run to something., maybe run towards becoming a geisha or run away from the life of a geisha, it does not tell you exactly in the trailer or the DVD cover. On the DVD cover, in the middle of it, and separating the two images is the title of the movie written in white “ memoirs of a Geisha” and the word Geisha is in a sort of way highlighted , ( The text is bigger and it is on a separate line) This Sort of draws you into the cover, Because of the Anchorage, The text is in the middle of the cover, and so is the face of the main character ( she is in the middle of a bunch of images) I think the designers of the cover have done this to symbolise the fact that The geisha is In the middle, in a way caught in the middle ( the text is in the middle and so is the image of the geisha). At the very Bottom of the DVD cover There is not a tag line but a quotation saying, “6 Academy Award Nominations” This is done to try and boast about the movie and how good it is, because a movie would have to be good to be nominated for 6 academy awards, Again this is to draw in the audience into the cover. In conclusion judging from the trailer and also the DVD cover I would watch this film. Reason being; the trailer of Memoirs of a Geisha is very Dramatic, Theatrical interesting and after I watched it, it left me wanting to see the movie. I think The trailer got this effect from the codes and conventions, for example , When the Trailer for memoirs of ageisha first starts, after a long shot of the main character (choyi/sayuri) there is A black background and white text saying “ From the best seller” once again boasting about the popularity of the book of memoirs of a geisha. From then on it goes into the Childhood of chiyo/sayuri, and her voice ( she is also the narrator of the trailer) saying “ I certainly wasn’t born to the life of a geisha” which again draws in the audience, because at once you will be thinking, why? What happens next? ….....and so on. The camera shots are mostly long shots and low angles, all these effects that the trailer has, makes it very dramatic and theatrical, which once again draws the audience in, and makes you want to watch it. The length of the trailer is 2minutes 34seconds long, which is the approximate length of a typical movie trailer. The enigma of memoirs of a geisha is a bit on the trailer where you see a young child being dragged away from something, and she is screaming, it is raining and you can hear thunder, and you automatically want to know what’s happening. Overall I would give the trailer for Memoirs of a geisha a 10/10 because it is theatrical, dramatic, romantic, interesting and leaves you wanting more, which I believe is the key to a successful movie trailer. For the video cover for memoirs of a geisha however I would only give a 5/10 because even though it is a interesting cover it is not very attractive and it did not either draw me into it or make me want to watch it.