Unfortunately enough for all my blog’s devout followers, I have made a rather large mistake. This posting is my feeble attempt to somehow make up for it.
I should start at the beginning. Buckle up. Our video assignments were due Friday, November 18 and the day before, the women’s basketball team traveled to Redlands, California to play in their Tip Off Classic. The morning we left, I uploaded my video to the class site and planned to finish my blog posting at the airport. This was a reasonable plan because due to extreme cases of paranoia, our coaches require that we leave for the airport excessively early. In an unfortunate series of events that involves multiple airports, a dead lap top, borrowing a teammate’s computer, a hotel lobby in Redlands, a creepy bellman hovering over my computer, and two drafts of the same blog posting on the same flash drive, I added the original draft of my blog posting to the class blog instead of the final. Now I know what you’re saying: “Tori, that was nearly two weeks ago,” and you would be absolutely right. But unfortunately, this Monday marked my first day back in class since then, and today was the presentation of my project.
Upon preparation for my presentation early this morning, I went to the class blog to review my two-week-old thoughts and discovered this fatal error. I realize my attempt is most likely too little and too late. But I wrote such a clever piece, I thought it would be a shame not to share some of the highlights you missed. Mainly, the key ideas missing were related to the creative elements that were kept in mind throughout the process of creating my trailer. I attempted to cover these ideas in my presentation, but two minutes is not a lot of time to clean up such a mess. The full blog posting, the way it is supposed to be, is posted on my own blog but these are the main points that were not covered in my original piece:
Signifiers played a key role in conveying this (the mental instability of Andy). As we discussed in class and as the Danesi article pointed out, signifiers assist us in making inferences about something we see. Does singing children’s songs make you crazy? No, but in our society, a grown woman singing “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and giving a man big-eyed stares act as signifiers and inform us that she may not be completely mentally healthy.
In addition to simply the content, the effects and music played a key role in changing this trailer into a thriller rather than a romantic comedy. Transitions and close ups greatly helped me in changing the meaning of the movie. As the Dick reading pointed out, the effects of transitions and length of shots are key elements in any piece of film. In the beginning of the trailer, the shots are longer and the transitions are smooth, which makes the scene appear more eerie and mysterious. When the music shifts, the transitions become quicker and the shots are much shorter. This conveys a sense of urgency and panic, as though Andy is in pursuit of her next victim and is hiding around the next corner. Additionally, as Dick also pointed out, close ups help relay the emotions of the characters to the audience. Towards the later part of the trailer, there are multiple close ups that convey anguish or fear. Seeing these expressions indicates to the audience that this movie is no longer romantic or comedic. Ben is fearing for his life. Additionally, music played a key role in conveying the proper emotions in my trailer. This is one of the key elements in changing the content; the power of music was evident from the first day of training. Changing the music, no matter what the scene on the screen is, changes the meaning of the clip. The music in my trailer serves in a similar manner to the laugh tracks Klosterman discussed. Whether you’re afraid or not, the music manipulates you and cues particular emotions.
Hopefully, that catches you up and now you actually understand How to Kill a Guy in Ten Days!