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Media Coursework Research- Analysis of Film Trailer 2

Published October 1, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

My next Film Trailer that im going to look at is Stardust. Stardust is a 2007 fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name and stars an ensemble cast including Charlie Cox, Ben Barnes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Mark Strong, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, David Walliams, Nathaniel Parker, Peter O’Toole, David Kelly, Robert De Niro, Mark Heap and Henry Cavill. Narration is by Ian McKellen. Judging by the amount of  big well know stars that are in the film, there was no wonder why it was a big success. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardust_(2007_film)

First of all the trailer is just over 2 minutes long and contains many props, costumes and special effects that i would associate with this genre. The trailer dives straight into its first clip which includes a conversation between the protagonist and a girl. He explains that he will get her the star that  has fallen showing that he is setting the story line and gives us an idea of what the film is going to be about.  The  clothing worn is quite historic as it is not what people would wear nowadays. In the movie still the four characters are wearing long jackets which appear to be made out of a luxurious fabric suggesting that they are rich or maybe even royalty. The colours are dull apart from Rupert Everett but it seems to represent each of them such as Mark Strong’s character is wearing black, showing the spectator that he will be the evil, powerful one out of the brothers. The use of this comes in handy to help us identify who the good and bad people will be.

The special effects that are within the film are a significant factor to any fantasy because it allows the director to create unrealistic things such as the green fire that is surrounding the witch and the shooting star.  There are also special make-up effects present throughout the trailer like the older and more wrinkled faces of the witches which might have been created using a face mask making the actresses appear like hagged old women. They also perform with their back arched forward to help make their characters.

I think this particular film trailer along with the previous analysis has provided me with a clear ideology of what I would like to achieve. It might be a lot more difficult for me to create floods of light to show magic and explosions but I will have to have a better play around with premier pro when it comes to actually producing my own.