The Effectiveness of the Techniques Used by the Film Makers in the Creation of the Trailers for the films Armageddon and Deep Impact

The Effectiveness of the Techniques Used by the Film Makers in the Creation of the Trailers for the films Armageddon and Deep Impact

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The Effectiveness of the Techniques Used by the Film Makers in the Creation of the Trailers for the films Armageddon and Deep Impact

This is essay is about the deference in two movie trailers which are
'Deep Impact' and 'Armageddon' these are both science fiction/action
films I will also be looking into the different types of sounds and
music used and how this reflects the image.

Both trailers are quite long but 'Deep Impact' is the shortest lasting
around 30 - 45 seconds, the trailer gives away a lot of the plot. From
the trailer I am going to describe what I think would have happened in
the film. There is a comet found to be heading towards the earth, they
build large bunkers under the earth were they can keep one million
people alive. They found two hundred thousand people with higher
ranking jobs to go into the bunker first they then hold a lottery to
see who the other eight hundred thousand are. At the end of the film
the comet does not hit and all the people although very shocked
survive.

The second film 'Armageddon' goes on for about 45 - 60 seconds this
trailer also gives a lot of the plot away virtually all of it,
'Armageddon' is based on the same storyline as 'Deep Impact' but they
stop the comet in a different way but they still survive.

Both these trailers are to detailed to leave any unanswered questions
but 'Deep Impact' leaves more suspense.

'Armageddon' starts of with comedy these makes the film less tense but
than suddenly the mood changes apart from the minor comedy at the
start both trailers are serious throughout.

The opening sequences of the trailers are together different,
'Armageddon' starts off with comedy, a man cycling on is bike with his
dog in the basket at this point he is talking to his dog but then a
couple of small fragments of comet comes crashing out of the sky and
smashing into anything in its path causing explosions. You then see a
close up of the man and his dog the dog is hurt so the man shouts

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''somebody call nine one one.'' This could make the film less serious
than 'Deep Impact.'

'Deep Impact' starts very seriously, it begins with the president
talking into a camera, which soon stops, and they go t another scene
but you can still hear the presidents voice. You see peoples worried
faces as if they can hear the president talking on TV or radio.

Both of these openings have quick edited clips telling you a bit of
what is going to happen the only last a maximum of one second.

The quick moving images and the black outs are used to grab the
viewers attention, and the expressions on the peoples faces on clips
let you know that the film is dramatic.

The opening sequence for 'Armageddon' is the most effective because of
the comedy factor. They also keep cutting to a picture of a digital
clock giving you the feel of tension and a race against time.

They use natural light to highlight the tall buildings giving you a
feel of height and what could be destroyed it also draws your
attention to focus on the sky were the comets would be falling from so
you always have that sense of danger throughout the trailers.

They use blackouts, which give you the sense of tension and not
knowing what is going to happen next. The lighting is very effective
in these trailers.

'Deep Impact' starts with the famous directors name Steven Spielberg
they highlight that name making it big and using a contrasting
background (white on black). Both trailers use graphics to portray the
film and give bits of the plot away.

'Deep Impact' uses a lot of non-diegetic sound such as the presidents
doing the voice over although it does start of diegetic when you can
actually see the presidents face when he is talking to the camera. The
sound is parallel all trough both trailers. 'Armageddon' also starts
with diegetic sound and goes into non-diegetic sound when the quick
edited video clips start to play.

Voice over is used in a trailer to give you the plot with voice
instead of just images it also grabs the viewers attention. The voice
over creates suspense and tension by the voices used, which are
usually deep male voices.

'Armageddon's voice over is supplied by someone who is not in the
actual film itself but is employed solely for this purpose. Whilst
'Deep Impact's voice over is supplied by the president after the
trailer begins.

Both trailers use dark music, which creates tension and it parallel
with the films themselves. The music stays generally the sane the
whole way through.

Film trailers are very important to the successfulness of the film
they most be shown when there is a peak time when people will be
viewing the TV and not after a program when they could walk off. The
trailer is also important because people watch trailers and say 'I
want to see that' and if no one knows what a film is about he or she
are not going to go and see it.

The most effective trailer is 'Deep Impact' because 'Armageddon' gives
away too much of the plot meaning you don't really have to go and see
the film to know exactly what happens.
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