Remixing Movies and Trailers Before and After the Digital Age

Authored by: Nicola Maria Dusi

The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415716253
eBook ISBN: 9781315879994
Adobe ISBN: 9781134748747


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Trailers of modern and contemporary movies present pathways, previews of upcoming movies. These micronarrations disrupt the space-time order of the plot in a new (fictive) narrative track. This common destructuring provides the film with an opportunistic reconstruction; and a consistent “trailer aesthetic” is often achieved through voice-over or music leitmotiv. 1 According to Genette, 2 the trailer belongs to the “paratext” (or better still the “public epitext” like press books or playbills), 3 and lies in the blurred area not only of “transition,” but also “transaction,” a communication strategy and practice defined by the presence of the author’s (or their financial sponsor’s) intention and responsibility. The trailer is a strategic communication that creates hype for the film while drawing the attention of its future audiences. Besides promoting the upcoming movie, paratexts work as reading instructions: they provide potential audiences with an early understanding of the film’s genre and theme, and open a cognitive and affective challenge linked to a viewer’s curiosity about the film.

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