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Elements of a Trailer

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Ben Wooding

on 1 October 2014

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Elements of a Trailer
Colour is mainly used to show the quality of the featured film as well as making it visually captivating for the viewers.

There is some psychological behind colours as they all can have an affect on an emotional level, also relate respectively to the body and the mind, and they can help add new visual layers to a featured film. For example: the use of warm colours can liven up the audience and while cooler colours have a calming effect on the audience.
With featured films, there are some cinematic conventions which help with this, for example the use of warm lighting to convey safety and cool lighting to suggest danger are about as standard as shadows to convey mystery and brightness to signify security. An example of a director who uses these conventions, like James Cameron, stick to these conventions religiously, whilst others try to be different and use them in another way.
RED. Physical
Positive: Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, 'fight or flight', stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.

BLUE. Intellectual.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.

YELLOW. Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.
GREEN. Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.
VIOLET. Spiritual
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality.
Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.
Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.
Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.
Positive: Psychological neutrality.
Negative: Lack of confidence, dampness, depression, hibernation, lack of energy.
Positive: Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance.
Negative: Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.
Positive: Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency.
Negative: Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism.
Positive: Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support.
Negative: Lack of humour, heaviness, lack of sophistication.
The types of props I will be using in my trailer will all have to suit the genre of the film as well as the setting and shot the character will be in to use the prop. As the trailer is for a superhero Sci-Fi film, props such as weapons, devices, tools and artifacts would need to be styled so that they would suit its owner or the setting. In the case if the props being science fiction they would need to look like they’re either part of the distant future and more technological advanced,
like the lawgiver pistol from Dredd
, or ‘ALIEN’, so it looks extraterrestrial or inter galactic,
like the Star Wars lightsabers
. With the case of my film being set about 100 years into the future, technological advancements would be present and as part of the genre has military characteristics as part of its plot, the audience would expect soldiers and army’s to have slick, futuristic, modernised weapons as well as the inclusion of Un-Armed Vehicle technology and MECHA’s, robots or machines controlled by humans.
An object used on stage or on screen by actors during a performance or screen production.
To suit the
part of the genre, the prop can be the hero’s main weapon or tool to fight crime or rescue people. This would be unique to the hero as he would be the only one who could properly wield it when needed. The same for the villain, he would have a disastrous tool that could either be the hero’s equaliser or a tool used to overcome the hero as the villains last resort. It would need to look sinister and devious to match its owner,
like the Goblin’s Goblin gear from Spiderman
, the same for the hero’s tool; it would need to be a symbol of him,
like Captain American’s shield or Tony Stark’s Iron man suit from The Avengers
. Something to make the characters seem more iconic and to match there role of character.
It is the surroundings that something is set in, In the case of films; it is the scenery, properties, or background, which is used to create a location for a stage play, film etc.
In the case of part of the genre being a superhero trailer, there can be several common settings to consider;

• The expectation that the character will hardly age
• It will be set in a metropolis or a big city like New York that strongly resembles a city of adventure
• The type of superhero world could have gods to angles, demons to wizards and vampires, mad scientists and aliens, basically any sort of mythical creature could appear
• The individual character is an inspiration to follow, like Superman
• The individual is a vigilante and may not be the nicest of superheroes
• Origin stories of how the character got his/her powers
• It’s one big team who fight on a global scale
• A darker world filled with anti-heroes
• The character has a secret identity

Similar to the characteristics mentioned in the Sci-Fi's genre; There are also several similar yet common settings used in films;

Standard Star Fleet
The use of mystical/metaphysical elements, such as psychic powers, life energy etc.
Different races, such as robot's, aliens and humans
Empires and federations with massive sci-fi armies
Space marines and pirates
Space travel and interstellar hyperspace
Highly advanced, slick designed structures and machines
Mass development in science and technology
Storytelling tools that show subtle details about the characters personality and history quickly to the audience.
As well as it being a common peice of filming techniique. Lighting is used to set the mood and looks of the films setting, whether it be natuarl or atificial lights.
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