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Extensive Trailer Breakdown – Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 We are introduced to the two main characters at the start of the trailer, as they are training up. This also serves to introduce the two characters together. The music is upbeat and quirky, matching the style of the film. The colour and lighting is bright and clear, showing that these two characters are on the good side. It also serves to show the films sense of humour.
We are then introduced to the films main character, to give a more thorough introduction and to establish his role in the film. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.39.57
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.40.11 The films co-star is also introduced more in depth as her role is established in the film.
We see the characters going about their lives, showing them working together. The music is still upbeat, with a sense of action, to reflect what is happening on screen. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.40.25
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.40.49 New characters are introduced, and we are shown how they relate to the main characters, and what role they play in the film.
We see the main characters and the new ones working together, further establishing their role in the film. The feel of the film becomes more surrealistic and chaotic, matching the music. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.45.03
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.41.19 The main plot point comes in with the main villain of the film, giving a motive for his actions. This is where the music begins to become more intense and starts building. The colour, and lighting is dark, to reflect the anger and sinister feelings that the character feels.
We then see the villain begin to take action, by creating an alter-ego. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.41.50
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.42.17 Showing the villain teaming up with others and also hiring thugs to help spread destruction and chaos. The music beings to be very fast-paced, to match the action.
Although they are causing trouble, it doesn’t affect the main characters until this scene, where the main conflict starts. This is where the main characters realise how serious the problem is with the villain. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.42.29
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.42.51 Trouble arises for the protagonists in the form of terror and authority crack down. Often in action films, authority figures, such as government officials and police forces mistakenly try and take down the heros, thinking that they are the threat.
The trailer also reveals personal problems with the main character, to make him more complex and realistic to the audience. The colour here is more washed out and de-saturated, further adding to the mood of the scene. The music becomes melancholy and slow. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.43.08
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.44.33 The character finds himself in danger, and has to find a way out of it. The music matches the mood and seriousness of the scene, as well as the colour, which is dark and moody.
The hero gets out of danger with the help of others, and faces the threat of abandoning the idea of helping take down the villain. They then realise that they have to defeat the antagonist as if they don’t, then nobody will. Motivation sets in as they prepare for the showdown. The lighting gets brighter to reflect this and the music picks up again. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.43.25
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.47.11 Everyone teams up to take down the villain, in a showdown at the end of the trailer. The colours become more intense, creating the sense that the film is about to become even more intense.
The hero and the villain face against each other. In this frame, you can clearly see that thought has gone into the colour of the costumes, with the villains being black, with leather and harsh features, whereas the hero’s costume is bright and simple. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.43.54
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.44.19 We briefly see them fighting, which takes the trailer up to its climax. At this point, the music is quick, high-tempo and intense. The slow motion with the fight scenes shows the audience that the climax is harsh, action packed and dramatic.
The title card punches on to the screen, revealing the name of the film. The bright colours against the dark background makes it stand out, and the texture in the font gives it a grungy, action feel. The yellow and red colours, even though it isn’t obvious, creates a subliminal sense of danger and ruthlessness. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.45.19
Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.45.33 Another title card comes up, tantalising the audience that the film is coming soon, even though we don’t know when. The words are in the same font as the title of the film for continuity.
The last title card comes up showing the main cast of the film and also some of the crew, like the director and producers. At the bottom, a link goes to a Facebook page where fans can get updates on the film. Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 11.45.42
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Selection & Construction of Content, Modes of Address, Codes & Conventions

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‘Doctor Who’ is much more colourful nowadays than it used to be. Obviously when it first started off it was in black and white but even when it went into colour in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, it still wasn’t as colourful as it is now. Also the fonts used are a lot more prominent and bold on screen and they stand out more, not just in the title sequence, but in recent episodes it has even given the year and the location away at the start of the episode in the form of bold text. Obviously in the title sequence the font is much larger and centered as that information is more important than the year and location information, which is small and at the side of the screen. In the title sequence you don’t just have the ‘Doctor Who’ logo, but also the name of the episode and the name of the writer after the ‘Doctor Who’ logo has been displayed, and the actresses and actors names before the ‘Doctor Who’ logo is displayed. Target audience comes into it too, as when ‘Doctor Who’ first started it was quite moody, dark and mysterious whereas nowadays it’s more cheerful and it has more comedy elements, and the colours and font being different in the program over the years were used to reflect this.

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