This is me explaining some of the key features, elements and references in the 1960’s ‘Doctor Who’ serial ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’. This is the second story in which The Daleks appeared on TV screens. I go into how certain aspects of it appeal to a certain audience, how humour is used, and how different characters are represented in different ways amongst other things including how popular culture references certain historical things in real life i.e. The Daleks in ‘Doctor Who’ and the Galactic Empire and the Stormtroopers in ‘Star Wars’ could be compared to Nazism. For Example, the Nazi party’s swastika has similarities to both the Galactic Empire’s logo in the ‘Star Wars’ movies but also the Sith Empire’s logo in ‘The Old Republic’.
Pans Labyrinth is a film that targets adults, even though it has a fantasy element, which is usually associated with childrens films, but it is included as it is sending a message that people of any age can experience and enjoy fantasy, but the film also features adult elements such as war, family issues and sacrifice, to balance out the content. All of the films elements, such as the colour, images, music, sound, editing and camera work create a film that brings fantasy and happiness to a time when fear and sadness were the emotions that were felt by everyone.
After reviewing the Kick-Ass 2 trailer, I determined that the main target audience for the film would be males aged 15-25. I have come to this conclusion as the content, mainly being action and violence, mixed with black humour, is stereotypically enjoyed by males that are young adults. Superhero and graphic novel adaptations are often popular with young male adults, and are typically associated with them as well.
As the film isn’t out yet, I cannot access the statistics on IMDb which would tell me the quantitative data on who is watching the film. However, the trailer on YouTube allows me to see who has been watching it, if they are male/female, what age group they are, and how they found the trailer. According to the statistics on YouTube, it is most popular with males aged between 19 and 44. When the film is released, the statistics may change, as IMDb will provide a more in depth response to the film, so the initial response may change from a male dominated audience, to an audience of both sexes, and a range of ages.
The trailer is designed to excite and draw in the potential audience, by using quick cuts, quick-paced and intense music that builds throughout. The clips that are used in the trailer not only serve to give a taste of what the film offers, but they are also used as the dialogue is quick, humorous and catches the viewers interest. When all these elements are put together, the trailer created will capture the audience’s attention. This is typical for films of the action genre, as it encapsulates the whole theme of the film into one trailer that will make people sit up and take notice
In a way, the trailer is a mini film, as it shows the hero training, re-introducing the main characters as it is a sequel, showing them going about their business, introducing new central characters, bringing in the main plot point as well as the films villain, problems that arise for the protagonists, them overcoming the problems, and facing the villain before the trailer ends. Even though it shows the main points of the film, it still retains information from the audience on purpose, when regarding important plot points, such as certain locations. Again, it draws them in and encourages them to go watch the film when it is released.