- Teaser Trailer
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- Making the Trailer
- Main Feature Trailer
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- Making the Trailer
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Trailers are one of the most exciting parts of pre-release. Along with posters, they have a wonderful mystique. They both have the job of juggling the film, discerning what is revealed of it, and what is not, in its own fashion that suits its medium.
The trailer, as opposed to the poster, is juggling more than a single frame. A poster and trailer, are separate mediums than the film, but when simply considering film to be a duration of images and sounds, a trailer is of the same medium. That’s a bit blasphemous, isn’t it? Before you demand I seek a confessional, allow me another sentiment.
A film has incredibly irrefutable basics when it comes to its aesthetics. But my point is to say, the trailer and film inhabit the same realm. The poster, as it is a separate medium, is off on its own, on “the other side of the galaxy”.
A trailer, as it must handle components of the film, itself, has a much greater task at doing the film justice, or, better yet, enhancing it.
It’s an enormously enjoyable process, picking and choosing what of the film to exploit, and winding, weaving, and cutting it all together, to form a complimentary entity. A trailer can tell the truth, or playfully skew it.
Unfortunately, there is a striking visual discrepancy that occurs multiple times throughout both trailers. It has appeared in nearly all of Wes Brooks Productions’ video uploads, and in the film, as well. It is a circumstance beyond my control. There are short instances where frames that are supposed to be fully black, reveal the first frame of what is meant to come after the blackness. The dramatic effect and original flair is strongly slashed because of this, and I hope you can look past it. It was an error that could not be remedied before the release, and the frantic and futile troubleshooting I’d put up with, has inspired me not to care, at present.
Sweeping that unfortunate reality aside as if it were dust, welcome to the Trailer Gallery. Full speed, ahead.
1. Teaser Trailer (Released 02/01/14)
Like the teaser poster, the teaser trailer has the job of “lighting the spark”. That is, “revving the engine” before takeoff. I shouldn’t restate a metaphor with another metaphor, though, should I? The teaser trailer ignites the film, and the fuse flies until the film is released, and wraps back around, full circle. Until the film does so, it’s an exciting acceleration.
That acceleration is filled with showcases of the characters, hints of the plot, display of the settings, cuts between colorful images, and a whimsical embodiment of the tone, which all hurl curiosity at the viewer. The trailer energizes the spirit of the film into itself.
A good trailer always holds something back. Most especially, the teaser trailer, whose sole job is to uphold such a principle, and “ignite the spark”. The teaser does this by toying with revelations, rather than revealing them, plainly. A teaser trailer has an almost cryptic reservation.
The title card of the Trekkies Into Darkness Teaser/Main Feature Trailer
One intriguing facet of the teaser, is that often, footage that is never in the film, is used exclusively in the trailer. I did so, here.
When I shot the footage that eventually was compiled into the colorful opening credits for the film, I filmed my flipping through the pages of a Christmas gift: Star Trek FAQ, by Mark Clark. The book encompassed a great use of vintage Star Trek photos of products, ads, and illustrations. This didn’t make it into the film, but it was a prime fixture of the teaser trailer. Additionally, I shot a Star Trek edition of the 20 Questions electronic toy, masquerading as the U.S.S. Enterprise, zipping across a blue sky, with my other hand, out of frame, holding it.
Also, the teaser kicks off with an old, original ad, promoting Star Trek, as aired on NBC in 1966. It was the only thing I didn’t shoot, myself, that was incorporated in any material for the film. Funny thing.
This footage, coupled with my footage off of the pages of Star Trek FAQ, took advantage of TID’s subject matter, and broadened it, while building up to the reveal of a cast member, James, serving up his witty line in a spirited moment, playing the disgruntled modern-day Trekkie. The teaser then bursts out with quickening revelations of a select few of the film’s other faces, in a sliver of shots.
Enjoy the “spark”—the “revving of the engine”, that launched the acceleration and anticipation for Trekkies Into Darkness, on February 1st, 2014.
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The thumbnail for the Teaser Trailer
2. Main Feature Trailer (Released 02/05/14)
In the Poster Gallery, I’m certain you recall my many a mention of the definitive poster of the film. Well, this trailer just happens to be the definitive trailer for the film. While the cast was excited at the notion of the release of the film, it was after this trailer’s release that their excitement grew to greater clarity.
The teaser is the alarm clock, the main trailer is hopping out of bed, and the film, itself, is shutting off the alarm. Well, that was by far the worst metaphor I’ve coined in these pages, thus far. Let’s have a redo.
The teaser is holding the glass, the main trailer is having a sip, and the film, itself, is a whole gulp of the drink. Before I exhaust the narrative with metaphors, let’s move on.
I aimed for the main feature trailer to be two and a half minutes, with a structure, in mind. The structure became:
(1. The plot is set up.
Wes rides to pickup his fellow Trekkies, in the early minutes of Trekkies Into Darkness
(2. The Star Trek enthusiasts are introduced.
Title for James in Main Feature Trailer
Title for Wes in Main Feature Trailer
Title for John in Main Feature Trailer
(3. The tension, drama, foil, the central character of Sophie, as focal point of the film, is indulged, leading into…
Title for Sophie in Main Feature Trailer
(4. The rest of the cast—the anti-Trekkies, or non-Trekkies.
Title for EJ in Main Feature Trailer
Title for Grace in Main Feature Trailer
Title for Anna in Main Feature Trailer
This trailer reveals a lot about what the film will be, and shows a lot of it, as it should, in contrast to the reserved teaser.
This trailer was the most well received. Once again, as it should be. But, I had one regret, shortly after its release.
What I consider to be the most infamous line of the film, as uttered by an audacious Trek slashing Sophie, during the first act, “Spock is the Jar Jar Binks of the Star Trek universe,” was a line of such lunacy, offensiveness, Trek naivety, and nonsensical extremism, that it’s a bit of a crime it never was given the spotlight in the trailer. But, sometimes these things slip through your fingertips.
I interwove a lot of nice moments from the film into an assemblage as a trailer that embodied Trekkies Into Darkness exactly as I sought to.
I must say, this kind of trailer would typically be called the theatrical trailer, but I went a more unconventional route, as Trekkies Into Darkness is an unconventional movie. Thus, I coined it, the main feature trailer, since it wouldn’t be playing “at a theater near you”—only playing on a gizmo you could fit in your pocket, backpack, or briefcase. 😉
Enjoy the fun and frolic of the main feature trailer.
The thumbnail for the Main Feature Trailer
- Thumbnail of Main Feature Trailer
- Frame of Wes from early scene
- Frame of title of James in main feature trailer
- Frame of title of Wes in main feature trailer
- Frame of title of John in main feature trailer
- Frame of title of Sophie in main feature trailer
- Frame of title of EJ in main feature trailer
- Frame of title of Grace in main feature trailer
- Frame of title of Anna in main feature trailer