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Movie TrailerThey are the reason why we show up on time to the movie theater — “Hurry up! We’re gonna miss the previews!” Previews, movie trailers, or coming attractions are a staple of the cinematic experience and are more often than not enjoyed as pieces of art (or 1 1/2 minute short) rather than seen as advertisements (though they are both). In this comprehensive video, John P. Hess of Filmmaker IQ takes us on a journey through the history of the movie trailer, offering an interesting perspective by explaining not only how they’ve changed over time, but why they’ve changed. More »

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ETERNAOne of the great boons of the digital age of filmmaking has been that everyone with a copy of non-linear editing software can download and tweak their favorite movies to their heart’s content, whether to amuse themselves, for educational purposes, or to create mind-bendingly awesome mashups. Belarusian video editor Vadzim Khudabets, 24, has really raised the bar with his 6-minute trailer for the most epic movie of all time — a compilation of trailers from other epic movies. Click below to watch this amazing viral phenomenon! More »

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Steve Jobs movieBack in March we talked about how a “flip book effect” became ”the world’s first Instagram film experience.” Given the advancements in video recording and sharing, not only by Instagram, but similar platforms, like Vine, my excitement seems cute now — like when I played Star Fox on Super Nintendo for the first time (“How are these graphics possible?”) And as always, new ways are being found to use Instagram, like in the case of Jobsthe Steve Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher, being the first to use the app to upload a trailer. Are we about to see apps like Instagram and Vine become marketing and advertising platforms? More »

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Advertising and the movie business go hand in hand, and a huge piece of that puzzle is the music accompanying film trailers. But have you ever wondered how movie trailers get their epic scores, even though none of that music typically finds itself in the film? That’s where the movie trailer composer comes in. Michael Coleman over at SoundWorks Collection is consistently producing excellent behind the scenes videos related to sound professionals in the film and TV industries, and today we’ve got another fantastic piece with composer Yoav Goren, who writes music specifically for trailers. More »

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A global pandemic breaks out just in time for Halloween… and election season. More »

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Today the 2012 Sundance Film Festival kicked off, and most of the indie film world is currently in Park City. I’m staying home to work on my own feature, but I feel like I’m missing a lot of great films… so I just sat down and watched every trailer I could get my hands on (link after the jump). Here’s the kickoff video from Sundance’s YouTube Channel with Festival Director John Cooper, and Director of Programming Trevor Groth: More »

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As you know, this site is about DIY filmmaking and independent creativity, and few filmmakers are a better example of these pursuits than fellow 25 New Face M dot Strange, who self-distributed his animated feature We are the Strange in 2007. Now he’s back with a trailer for his new project, Heart String Marionette. More than just an atmospheric Tim Burton-esque trailer, the video also includes a call-out to an associated product that speaks volumes about forging an independent DIY career: More »

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This came out a couple of weeks ago, but this clip is a great recap of the past year in (major) movies. It’s edited extremely well (by college student Gen Ip) and includes so many recognizable sequences and shots (from 270 films in all) that it reminded me of several films that I’ve been meaning to see, despite already making my own list. If you haven’t already seen this mashup, check it out: More »

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The Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night here in New York, and despite being fairly plugged into the indie film world, I couldn’t help but notice when presented with the opportunity to vote for the audience awards online that I had seen less than half of the nominees. So now that the awards have been decided, I thought I’d call whatever attention I could to the winners, since indie films are too damn hard to see. Perhaps if one of these trailers piques your interest you’ll add it to your Netflix queue or even buy it via Amazon. Without further ado: More »

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Like everyone else on the internet, I covered Apple’s release of new MacBook Airs the other day. And while they showed a number of other products at the same event, one development that specifically concerns filmmakers is the new version of iMovie. iMovie ’11 is not going to replace Final Cut, but it does include an interesting new feature called Movie Trailers. Most of us are not going to be interested in the template-driven tool for our own uses, but I wonder what this could mean for the real movie trailer scene, which already seems template-driven. More »