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Storytelling Tips from Film Trailers

As an editor, I’m always on the warpath for a structure. Whilst that might sound like a rather mundane formulaic approach to editing, structure can come in many forms and stem from varying sources of inspiration.

When it comes to film trailer editing John Long, co-founder of trailer production company Buddha Long, has a few tips on how to approach the task of breaking down a story…to make another story, to sell the original story.
In his interview with Hugh Hart,  John touches on the three act structure and how to mess it up to powerful dramatic effect.

Lessons can be learned from film trailers and I use them myself when teaching film theory. As a short format, it means I can illustrate the essence of a movie in super fast time, as almost every ounce contains vital storytelling ingredients.
There are of course times when a whole feature film screening is more effective however, I’ve found film trailers a vital resource when talking in particualar about editing and structure.

You can read Hugh’s article here: 9 (SHORT) STORYTELLING TIPS FROM A MASTER OF MOVIE TRAILERS

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  1. Ted Burgess says:

    I never thought to use trailers when teaching. I always end up taking clips from films which takes forever! I teach young kids media studies so not always film but this is useful, thanks.

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