What is a re-cut trailer?
A re-cut trailer, or retrailer is a parody trailer for a movie which is generally derived humor from misrepresenting the original film; for instance, a horror movie is made to look like a comedy, or vice versa.
This became popular in 2005 and has been made possible thanks to the availability of consumer-level digital video editing applications like iMovie and Adobe Premier Pro.
Scary Mary – a Mary Poppins mash-up
One of the most popular re-cut trailers that exist on YouTube is the appropriately titled; Scary Mary. In this instance, Mary Poppins (a family musical dating back to 1964) has been turned into a conventional horror movie through a clever selection of clips, sound and title sequences.
Students will edit a feature length movie to create a conventional trailer which employs a genre that is different from its original. i.e; if the movie is defined as a comedy, you may wish to consider turning it to a horror.
For this task, students will be given the choice of two films; Mrs Doubtfire (1993) or Psycho (1960). A digital copy of these films will be supplied to students along with several clips (company logos, ratings advice, etc) to make your finished product look more authentic.
Consider the following;
- Research ideas on YouTube and Vimeo. There are some really clever ideas out there!
- Start dissecting the movie. Build a library of smaller clips that you may (or may not) use in your final production. Consider character gestures, actions, dialogue and setting.
- Consider your music/sound-track. Your choice in music can make all the difference! Search for a good quality sound track and consider tailoring your ideas around it. Ask your teacher if you can’t find any!
- Keep it short and sharp. Trailers are engaging short-stories that are designed to sell the product/movie. Avoid long, drawn out sequences and keep your audiences engaged!
Download Audio Tracks
Finished products will be published in an appropriate file format that can be viewed in VLC media player. E.g; .mov .mp4 .avi.
Students may upload their finished products on YouTube and send the teacher the URL link.
Finished products will be assessed out of 20 marks. The assessment criteria is divided into two sections (10 marks each):
- Application and understanding of codes/conventions appropriate to movie trailers
- Skill in the operation of Adobe Premier Pro