Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Trailer/Short Film Analysis

Trailer 1: The Strangers

Firstly, this trailer at first is not obvious to what genre the film is going to be due to the romantic feel we get from the mise-en-scene, for example when there are petals on the bed sheets, candles on the set dining room table suggesting a romantic meal and also when the male gets out a ring box and says "you're my girl", the music in the background is also a soft piano which is fairly peaceful. This all changes when there is a sudden bang, alerting the audience that this film is going to be a horror. Although the piano continues playing, there has been added non-diegetic sounds increasing the tension, for example the creaking noise which we then later find out is the swing, moving by itself. The fade transition's in between shots builds up the tension, drawing in the audience into wanting to see more. The shots are also only on screen for about 2 seconds before text appears, which is talking about the film, but it is broke up into 3 different parts so that the audience wants to know what is going to be said i.e. 'we always tell ourselves' 'there's nothing to fear' 'but sometimes we're wrong'. I think that the text in between shots is a good way to draw the audience in. The cinematography in this trailer varies going from close-ups to show how they are feeling to long shots, which shows the audience their surroundings, in which they are not safe. By it going into long shots it lets the audience see everything that is around them, letting them believe she is safe in their own environment, however she is not which we see by the masked manly figure appearing from the hallway.The music later on in the sequence changes from a peaceful record to it then being stuck and jumping, which is also echoed in the way the shots are then jumping too, creating an edgy feeling towards the end of the trailer.

Trailer 2: The Ring

This trailer is dull throughout, using cold colours to give the audience an implication that this trailer is based on the horror genre. Instantly there is non-diegetic speech asking a question: "have you heard about the video tape that kills you when you watch it?" which lets the audience know the genre. The dialogue matches what is going on in the trailer at the start, as it shows the video. The video is extremely creepy and weird, which gives the audience a  feel of what the film is going to be like. The actors used are all fairly normal apart from the young boy who is purposely set out to be creepy. There is a constant music being played in the background which, although it is a piano similar to The Strangers trailer, it is different in this as it seems to be eerie and creepy. The tempo in the music then gets quicker as the trailer goes on, creating more and more tension. The movement from then on gets faster from the people inside and the clips get shorter. Near the end of the trailer there is a young child whispering "everyone will suffer" which also gets the audience reeled in as they will want to know why. I like how it's a young child's voice being used as if it was an older person it would not be as scary.

Short Film: Fewdio - Mockingbird

The mise-en-scene in this short film is extremely important in understanding what is going on in it. The sequence starts off with the camera facing his back just at the right height for the audience to see what is on the man's desk. With it being during the day, it gives off connotations that he works from home, and with the mac computer on his desk with stationary in a holder also implies that he works at home. As the camera pans around to the man's face he hears the baby monitor which then changes shot from the man to only on the baby monitor, this gives off connotations that this is going to be a main part in this short film. As he hears the baby crying then his mother singing to him he picks up the picture of his wife and baby and smiles, this implies that he loves these two more than anything in the world. The genre is also not a horror at this point which then dramatically changes as the camera then focuses on the doorknob moving and being unlocked; by the man thinking that his wife is with his child, he is confused as to who it could be which builds up the tension until the camera then swaps from a close-up on the doorknob to a medium-long shot of his wife, which we know who she is from the picture on his desk. Once they both look puzzled at each other the music then builds up an eerie sound, creating a tension for the audience. The sound is then changed again to the baby crying louder than the other times and then the creepy singing stops, we then hear the two parents whaling in disbelief repeating the non-diegetic dialogue "why why why" - leaving the audience shocked.