Ever wanted an outrageous opportunity just to prove yourself? Sony offered up a chance for film students to strut their filmy stuff with a challenge to create their own trailer for soon to be realised 3D flick Priest. Sounds good? They only had the nightime hours to do it before the top three where whisked off to LA to show their work to the Priest filmmakers themselves. How would you fare?
Challenges like these are great ways to express yourself and this one offered a trans Atlantic flight and a ticket to a ready made contacts book. The faces of the fllm students at London’s Westminter film school lit up as the task of re-editing the official trailer was put to them.
How would you do it?
A trailer is an art in itself, and part of that is the approach you take to the movie. Priest is based on the Korean graphic novel and is directed by Scott Stewart with support from a production team that includes Sam Raimi. Do you go for the high-concept, the intricate narrative or the fast-moving action? There’s also the scary monsters and the story arc that needs to be wedged into around 60 seconds.
Take a look at the trailers themselves:
For us here in D&CFilm towers, the right trailer edged it, but we’re willing to be swayed either way. And of course, being able to re-edit a trailer overnight doesn’t just come from watching loads of movies (although that can’t hurt).
There are loads of ways to improve your skills with filmmaking competitions -the 48 hour filmmaking challenge at Exeter’s Two Short Nights, or the Short Shoot Challenge at CINE, at film networking event (another great way to hone those filmmaking skills).
In the meantime, you can get your creative juices flowing using Sony’s Facebook application to turn a photo of yourself or your friends into vampires or priests from the movie -and by doing so you’ll get the opportunity to win a Sony 3D Bravia TV and Blu-Ray Disc player!
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