Anyone tired of trailer editing patterns?

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  1. Kevin Farley

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    You know, the ones that are
    action, action, action... silence. line. 1 more second of action. "insert name of film".

    And it's gotten to the point that they've used lines that don't really rate being used for that silence - line - ending structure. The biggest case in point for me is for X-Men. I still remember it. "We're not the same. Not all of us." Bam. Hello? That's kind of silly.

    The Charlie's Angels 2 trailer was really refreshing; a new pattern. More interspersed, better flow.

    It seems like this pattern is pretty prevalent now though. What was the first? Did one of the terminator's use "I'll be back" as the line? I'm interested to hear theories, gripes, etc.
     
  2. Matt Stone

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    Haha! I was just talking about this to someone last week. Almost your exact words [​IMG]

    In any event...yes, I'm getting pretty tired of the common pattern. Off the top of my head, I really liked the Adaptation trailer, as well as the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind one...although, I can't really remember what structure they used.
     
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    I like pretty much any trailer that doesn't use mr. movie voice, or references to critics or awards, let the movie speak for itself
     
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    Someone around here used to cite Sturgeon's law - 90% of everything is crap.

    When it comes to these previews, 99% of them are CRAP [​IMG]
     
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    Pearl Harbor trailer, best trailer I've ever seen. More trailers should follow this kind of pattern. No voiceovers (except if it's dialogue from the movie) and if you have to show scenes with dialogue, don't let the audience hear too many lines, so we don't get sick of those lines by the time we see the whole thing. This should be more of a guideline for dramas, this probably wouldn't work for (most) comedies.
     
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    I don't notice the editing so much, but it does seem that trailers are getting longer and longer. There were three trailers before the film I attended this weekend, and each seemed interminable. I swear they were 3-4 minutes each.

    Whatever happened to the 30 or 60-second trailer?
     
  10. LisaDoris

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    My biggest issue with trailers is that they give away too much of the movie. If I want spoilers I'll come here and read about them, I don't want the entire plot given away in the trailer! If I know everything that's going to happen, why shell out $6 to see the movie?
     
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  12. Chuck Mayer

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    PH was a tremendous trailer. I think The Passion has a great trailer as well. I do agree there is a formula, but like big head DVD covers, marketing is triumphant over skill or taste or artistic interpretation.

    A shame.

    Take care,
    Chuck
     
  13. Christopher P

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    I try and avoid trailers for movies I'm looking forward to seeing, to avoid seeing something I might not want to be aware of going in, not necessarily a spoiler but something like, say, the Yoda-Dooku dual in "Clones."

    I also hate hearing "The number 1 movie in America!" just because for that one week (usually after it's initial release) everyone went to see it because of the hype, or because there was nothing else out that week; or hearing it stars some Academy Award winner, as if that necessarily makes the movie THAT much better (as if Academy Award winners ALWAYS deliver top-notch performances).

    Chris
     
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    the best trailer i can remember recently wasnt even shown in america. It was the foreign version of the femme fatale movie that showed the entire film, but sped up.
     
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    Too bad it was the worst of the series!

    The one they did for Lethal 2 was even better: Murtaugh on the toilet, followed by the toilet hitting the car & the narrator saying "They're back & this time they're not takin' any crap."
     
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    The latest thing also seems to be adding quick white flashes every time the scene changes. The trailer for the new Tomb Raider really annoyed me.

    I think the funniest trailers I have seen are the American Pie and American Wedding trailers. Yes it gives away a good joke but no one else really does that.

    Text is alright if its used correctly. i.e. Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers (both of their final trailers).
     
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    I ilked the Lethal Weapon 4 trailer that featured Chris Rock claimign to be Mel Gibson.
     

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