Trailer for my short - "Can You Hear Me Now?"

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by sigamy, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
  2. FF_productions macrumors 68030


    Apr 16, 2005
    Mt. Prospect, Illinois
    Hmm, I'd work on that trailer so you can get some more viewers...I can totally tell it was rushed:eek:
  3. sigamy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Any specific ideas? Should I just add a voice over? Or maybe a few title slides? I didn't realize how hard it would be to summarize a 25 minute movie.
  4. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Some text in the beginning and at the end might help.
  5. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    It doesn't make sense.

    Don't try to get small clips from every sequence of the movie. Instead, try to get a hint of the story. The writing on the side gives a good summary, try to just make a video of that summary i.e. show how she is all happy, then have a clip of how the friends are worried, and then that last clip you had with her saying she's not on drugs, that was good. Then yes, get some titles, some background music, it greatly helps in setting the overall tone of the trailer and gives some idea of what the movie is going to be like. Make it INTERESTING, because a trailer has to make others want to watch your movie!

    Good luck.

  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    First, go here and contrast and compare what you see to your trailer. Trailers (and commercials) tell stories every bit as much as a feature length movie does. You can't just toss clips together and expect magic to happen. You should be asking yourself, what do you want the viewer to feel? When do you want them to feel it? And how do you make them feel it?

  7. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    Making a trailer is, IMO, harder than making the actual movie. You have to show just enough to make the audience want to pay money and take time out of their lives to see it... at the same time you cant give away too much info or there will be no point to go see the movie.
    <simon cowell> That trailer was awful. It made me want to get a gun and shoot myself and family in the head. It made no sense whatsoever. Please, please take you mac and burn it. </simon cowell>

    Okay, really: I have know idea what the movie is about besides some vague reference to drugs and some insane guy and audio that is clipping. make it longer, take your time editing the trailer until YOU feel motivated to plan the next few weeks of your lives around seeing that movie. Add a soundtrack, title card at the beginning (something like " some addictions are worse than others, etc.." a teaser of some sort) and a title card at then end displaying the name of the movie. Finally, perhaps a voiceover would be good, of you have something important to say. Also, form a stylistic standpoint, I would make the movie B&W, high contrast and add some grain. It will look much better than DV, which is just ugly, and it will distract a bit from the clipping audio. Also, fire up Garageband 3 and really take your time doing some foley work. Nothing says ameture like bad sound.

    Or you could just add some explosions, a rock band, and some women in bikinis. :p
  8. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    Couple of big issues in my mind, especially as I am a media composer:

    1) What is with that clip that has music and then it's gone in the next scene?!! You need a complete underscore for the whole thing - that will make it feel more linked to start with.

    2) Like others have said - select clips that tell the story.

    I was actually interested by this, and it does seem a great just needs a little more work. I actually like the style of clipping short extracts, and showing the comedy aspect of the work...just pick more coherant clips and try and get some music designed for you (so you're not infringing copyright - but pleaaaaasssseee don't use garageband!) and you'll be set.
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    Yep, and this one is a great example of why that matters.
  10. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    That is an excellent example of how editing and some music can really change a trailer.

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