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Essay will attempt to analyse the different trailer conventions, which make the trailer ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ a success. The outlined conventions include different scenes, the music and what affect the have on the viewers. This essay will explain the genre of the film and who their target audiences are.
The opening scene starts off with Warner Bros Pictures logo in front of a cluster of clouds, this would be one of the unique selling points, and Warner Bros Pictures are incredibly famous all over the world. The scene is done in slow motion at the start and then speeds up towards the end. Bright colors are used for this logo, bright yellow, sky blue and the logo is outlined in black to make it stand out.
The next scene you see Professor Servens Snape (played by Alan Rickman, who is a very famous actor, this would make the fans of Alan Rickman come to watch the film). He makes a dramatic entrance in to a class room where Harry Potter (who is another unique selling point and played by Daniel Radcliffe) and his other class mates are studying; Snape with his wand closes the blinds on the windows and goes to the front of the class and pulls down what looks like a over-head projector screen, at this point the camera moves slightly closer to his face as he says “turn to page 304”, the clothes which Professor Snape wears and the looks he look on his face give the impression that he is really creepy , when he walks in the class goes quiet this tells us that he is a strict and frightening teacher.
After this a dark purplely black gathering of clouds appear and from the smokes you see writing which says “YEAR THREE BEGINS” this tells the audience that this isn’t the first film or the first year at Hogwarts, the writing is in white font and in capital letters, this makes the writing stand out because the clouds are dark colors and the writing is in light, this catches the audiences attention, we also hear thunder and see lightening, this gives a spine-chilling effect.
The very next scene is of a bus on a dark night turning a sharp corner driving at a very high speed dodging past parked and driving cars on the main road. This tells the audience that the film has some sort of adventure in it and will appeal to people who like adventure movies; this is because they look to be having an adventure, driving down a dark road in a bus at an incredible high speed. At this point you see the interior of the bus and Harry Potters shocked face, then the driver who is an old man sitting next to a unusual monster like creature who says “There’s an old lady at 12 o’clock” in a high pitched yet manly voice, the driver then pulls up the hand brake. As the driver dopes this Harry goes smack into the window. The driver counts down from three waiting for the old lady to cross and the monster like creature shouts, ” YES!” and the driver carries on driving again. This part tells us that the film is going to have some sort of comedy scenes; this would appeal to people who like to watch comedy films.
This brings us to the next scene which is of an old wet prison cell with an middle aged man sitting inside, here we hear the voice of the traditional deep male authoritative voice telling us that ‘Serious Black has escaped from the prison of Azkaban ‘from another male voice we learn that ‘He is a murderer’ just then Serious Black looks up at the camera, this tells the audience that the film is also going to have mystery init and will appeal to people who like to watch mystery films. The voice over is at one point the characters and sometimes changes to a male’s voice, this gives you a variety of voices and you’re not stuck with the same voice for the whole trailer, this makes the viewer more interested in the trailer.
The next scene is of a crowd of school children standing in a forest two of whom are Hermione Granger (who is played by Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (who is played by Rupert Grint), the audience would know who the main characters are because they should have seen the first two movies which were released and in order to understand this film the first two have to be seen as the second is a sequel to the third, they both look nervous as they’ve seen something however it is not shown to build suspense, Hermione grabs hold of Ron’s hand, he looks down at his hand then up at Hermione, she turns around and they both look at each other, there a awkward silence here she take her hand off of his hand they both look away as if nothing had happened.
The next scene is of Professor Mineva McGonagal (who is played by Maggie Smith) telling two male people whose faces aren’t revealed in a dark and gloomy room that ‘Serious Black is the reason the Potters are dead’ and a males voice saying ‘And now he wants to finish what he started’ in the middle of her saying this the camera is moved to Harry’s room, the camera shot is a long shot where the audience see that Harry is sitting on his bed, with his head in his hands. On his bedside he has a table with a lamp and a photo frame with a picture of two people are seen dancing around; these two people are Harry Potters parents, Mr. and Mrs. Potter.
This brings us to the next scene where Harry is standing in what looks like some sort of mill, looking very stressed out, here you hear a deep male voice telling Harry ‘I want you to swear to me that you wont go looking for Black!’ bringing us to the next scene where Harry is replying to the person whose face is not exposed, to build suspense, that ‘Why would I go looking for someone who wants to kill me’ Harry is the only person whose face we see.