GCSE Media Studies
Action Adventure
Film Trailers
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Film trailer conventions
The basic conventions of film trailers include:
Establishing the plot
Introducing the characters
Providing a general setting
Adding attention-grabbing footage
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Teaser trailer conventions
A teaser trailer is a short series of film clips used
to advertise an upcoming movie, game or
television series.
The typical conventions of a teaser trailer are:
Usually between 30-60 seconds long (can be
longer)
Contain the minimum amount of footage from
the film, so it just teases audiences
Released long before the film is released
The pace is usually fast or starts slow and picks up
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Some examples
Limitless (Teaser trailer)
Limitless (Full length trailer)
Cloverfield (Teaser)
Cloverfield (Full length trailer)
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Some examples
Fast and Furious 5 (Teaser)
Fast and Furious 5 (Full length trailer)
Salt (Teaser)
Salt (Full length trailer 1)
Salt (Full length trailer 2)
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Your task
15 minutes to plan your sequence, then…
25 minutes to storyboard the trailer for your
film using the appropriate conventions
You are not assessed on your ability to draw
but on the quality of presentation and the
accuracy of your detail
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Storyboard checklist
Shot number
Shot duration
Shot type (low angle, extreme close-up etc)
Camera movement (track/pan/tilt etc)
Edit type (fade/wipe/cut/dissolve etc)
Dialogue
Music
Sound effects
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