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Titanic Trailer and Review Analysis

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Anisha Sarib

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Transcript of Titanic Trailer and Review Analysis



Roger Ebert
Film Review
Anisha Sarib
Year 10 English
SACE No. 580404T
Mrs Kilkenny

Release date:
18 November 1997
Director & Writer:
James Cameron
3hr 30 mins
Main Cast:
Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Zayne.
Based on the tragedy of the sinking ship, "Titanic" in 1912.

Titanic ship sinking in 1912
To persuade the reader to watch the film
, as it is a near exact representation of the real event.


Language Study

Target Audience
The general public, people who enjoy reading Roger Ebert's film reviews and people who are interested in seeing
Positive opinion and feedback of the film.
A mix of formal and colloquial language.
The author seems to be very interested in the original event of Titanic.
Review Structure
It opens with a simile, Ebert compares the Titanic to an egyptian figure, "a great iron Sphinx" as it sits on the ocean floor.
A brief history of the ship itself is discussed.
The title of the film and the director is not mentioned at the beginning.
Ebert provides his point of view.
The expectations of the film are explained, this is coupled with positive feedback.
An insight into the characters is given, including the actors, a brief description of their roles and their character's name.
Review Structure
The love story between Rose and Jack is depicted, without giving too much away about the events that may unfold.
The main event of the Titanic crashing into an iceberg is told and is joined with more positive feedback.
The true story of Rose, the nude drawing and the jewellery (acts as a subplot) is portrayed to the reader in a manner so it persuades them to see it.
It concludes with more upbeat opinions and feedback and an insight into Ebert himself.
His style:
Uses a combination of formal and information language.
Does not make reference to any other films that Cameron has directed.
Employs effective descriptive language to present his phrases and words that have a positive connotation.
Drama, Romance, Action and Historical

To entice the viewers into watching the film as well as promoting it. Furthermore, to explain how well the $200 million dollars was spent on this film.
Target Audience

James Cameron and John Ladua
Production companies:
20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Lightstorm Entertainment
An audience of 13+, James Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio fans and people who are interested in the Titanic tragedy.
This film is set in the year 1912, during this era there was a strong distinction between the upper and lower classes and men and women. For example, the highest achievement rich women could achieve was to get married and poor women were viewed as cheap labour. The complication is the events that unfold as the Titanic sinks. These include: the fact that there are not enough lifeboats, the lower and middle class people are trapped and the uncertainty of whether Jack and Rose will survive. The release of this film was also the 85 year anniversary since the Titanic sunk, so it acts a tribute.
Trailer Structure and Conventions
Film Review
Technique 1:

Constant positive feedback.

Ebert constantly employs positive persuasive adjectives, coupled with his personal opinion to convenience the reader to see
. His personal comments also focus on every aspect of the film, the manner it was created and constructed, the acting and the overall experience of the film. Again, this further persuades the reader to view the film, because Ebert interprets the whole film as a master piece.

"flawlessly created, intelligently constructed, strongly acted and spellbinding...ingenious story."
Film Review
Technique 2:
Reference to how it presents the real life event.
"All of those elements are presented."
"Frames and explains the entire voyage in a modern style."
"Effortlessly follow the stages of the Titanic sinking."
Ebert makes a comparison between the historic event and the film to express to the reader that Cameron portrayed the event perfectly. This entices both, people who are interested in the historic event and people who are intrigued by how Cameron achieved this, resulting in Cameron being portrayed as an outstanding director.
Film Review
Technique 3:

General comparison to other movies.
"Movies like this are not merely difficult to make at all, but almost impossible to make well."
Ebert is putting
on a pedestal, he is stating that
was made so well that other movies do not merely compare to what Cameron has achieved. The adjective "impossible" is utilised to describe Cameron's achievement and thus displaying Cameron as a genius. Since Ebert is a well respected film reviewer the reader trusts his opinion and for him to make that astonishing statement, it truly convinces them to see the film. Furthermore the reader wants to see whether Ebert is right.
Film Trailer
Technique 1:
Two shots
Two-shot of Rose and Jack, combined with a head and shoulders shot
Two-shot of Jack and Rose, coupled with a bust/mid shot
The intimate two shot camera scenes between Jack and Rose signify to the reader the romantic relationship between the two. It acts as a foreshadowing technique for events and complications that unfold due to their relationship. It also entices the viewers to see the film, as everyone loves to see romance.
Film Trailer
Establishing shot of the Titanic as it voyages towards the sunset.
Establishing shot of the Titanic as it sinks.
Technique 2:

Establishing Shots

The establishing shots act as a teaser for the audience as it shows off the special effects that are used to make the ship look like a real, exact replica. Furthermore, this particular camera angle exhibits the events as whole, which intrigues the viewers. For example, the before and after technique, together with the establishing shots signifies the blissfulness atmosphere at the start and the panic and chaos as the ship starts to the sink.
Film Trailer
Technique 3:

Fast cuts and music.

The fast cuts and climatic music, intensify the trailer, it makes the viewers excited, it increases their heart rate and they are put on alert. The beating drums and the strong sounds of the violin, heighten the atmosphere of the trailer. But suddenly, the trailer slows and the music fades out causing the viewers to become increasingly curious and interested in seeing what happens next.
A video of fast cuts and intense music from the trailer.
The name of the director and actors names are also flashed in front of the audience to impress them and to mimic the fast and upbeat rhythm of the trailer.
Evaluation and Conclusion: which text promoted the film better?
I think the film trailer convinced me more to view the film compared to the review. The trailer added the visual and sound elements that the film review could not. Although the review was excellently written, I think the trailer can appeal to a wider range of audience. Instead of reading about the history of the Titanic ship, the characters and the distressing events as the ship sank, I was transported back to the event itself whilst watching the trailer. Almost as if I was reliving it with Rose.

The real life footage at the beginning of the Titanic ship still lying on the sea bed amazed me, as I did not know that it was still there. This hooked me into seeing the rest of the trailer. Actually seeing the Titanic ship break in half was astonishing. It showed off both the amazing special effects used and how well the 200 million dollars was spent. The various scenes between Rose and Jack made my heart melt, it made me so curious to see whether they survived the tragedy together. The combination of the fast cuts and dramatic music, further put me on the edge of my seat and attracted me to see the film. The quick scenes of people jumping and falling off the ship, water rushing in and the loud screams and cries of passengers as they tried to escape, emotionally moved and distressed me.
Opens with an
submarines investigating the Titanic ship, insight into the explorers is given through dialogue. They are searching for the woman wearing the jewellery in a nude drawing that was found.
The music is uplifting.
Love relationship between Rose and Jack is displayed.
between Rose, her fiancé and Jack arises.
The music starts to intensify.
Trigger: ship hits the ice burg.
Given an insight into the
the chaos of the passengers trying to escape the boat before it sinks. Furthermore, the fact that there are not enough life boats for everyone.
Director James Cameron and the two main actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are quickly flashed for the viewers.
The music fades out.
Title of the film is exhibited, in front of the Titanic ship that is now at the bottom of the sea bed.
The production companies - 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Lightstorm Entertainment, director - James Cameron , title -
music supervisor - Randy Gerston, music by - James Horner, co-producers - Al Giddings, Grant Hill and Sharon Mahn and the website - www.titanic.com are all displayed to the viewers at the end of the trailer.
Does not have any ratings or quotes from outside sources.
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