Essay on Film Trailer Portfolio

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Film Trailer Portfolio

When the task of creating a film trailer was first put to us, I had several ideas for the movie's context. The first was of a movie in the action genre that dealt with revenge, whilst the other two were in the horror genre. The horror genre appealed to me more, as a low budget film can still have the desired effect by use of different filming techniques, and I wanted to depend more on a psychological aspect. My first idea was to do a film about a poltergeist. I had watched several films such as "Poltergeist", but wanted to create a film that relied less on visual effects, something that leant towards the style of Albert Hitchcock, who is still seen today as the "Master of
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I purchased the Exorcist DVD, which featured a making of documentary. Here I learned of Friedkin's strict attention to detail, and also uncovered some of his secrets that made the film so effective. The film features two main techniques throughout the film that I immediately thought about adding to my own film, those being the use of lighting and sound. The film moves from very bright light scenes, such as the films opening in the Middle East, to the darkness of "Georgetown" (the films setting), or from the clean and well-lit living room of the house, to the black and gloomy mist of the girl's bedroom. Why?

The sound was used similarly, from eerily quiet to sudden loudness, one scene that uses this is the sharp cut from the Priest's gentle dream of his mother, to the piercing scream of the little girl. Why

The use of restful music as the main soundtrack in "The Exorcist" added to the "loud and quiet" technique Friedkin used, to create the sense that everything is calm. I myself began my trailer using this technique, with some gentle music, so that when things begin to go wrong, the impact is more substantial.

The voice that was created for the "demon" in this film was dubbed in synch after the scenes had been shot. I used this technique to dub in the voice of the priest in my trailer, the line "I dare not say" was recorded by microphone input