With the release of some sensational latest Hollywood movies, the audience has become accustomed to the high-quality cinema. Films are not just about cinematography anymore but also about audio-visual effects and production as a whole. To create a realistic movie, directors of all kinds of films, from action to romance, strive to deliver their best and give a great cinematic experience to the audiences.
The secret doesn’t only lie in great direction and acting but also in building the mood before the film itself is screened. This is where trailers come into the picture. While, for many people, trailers are just an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the movie is all about, it still plays a vital role in creating excitement and anticipation among the audience.
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ABOUT ALEX PFEFFER
Alex, a Hamburg, Germany composer with approximately 17 years of experience in trailer music and video games. In 1998, he moved to L.A. to study music at the Los Angeles College of Music and wrote his first trailer track in 2005 for Dynamedion. To date, Alex has composer credits for Two Steps from Hell, Epic Score, Liquid Cinema, Gothic Storm, Position Music.
He has his music in movie trailers such as Pacific Rim, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and others. He is currently on air on around 60+ TV shows throughout the world. In addition, he has composed music for Mick Gordon (DOOM 2016), Trevor Morris (The Tudors), and Frank Peterson (Sarah Brightman). He has also written a multitude of songs for video games and demos for many leading sample library companies.
Trailer Productions Tips
If you’re new to trailer productions, here are some tips you can consider while working on your following projects:
With the release of some sensational latest Hollywood movies, the audience has become accustomed to the high-quality cinema. Films are not just about cinematography anymore but also about audio-visual effects and production as a whole.
With the advent of digital technology and its advancement in recent years, filmmakers can create unforgettable scenes that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre. Audiences can now expect much more than they were accustomed to previously regarding filmmaking.
Suspense can be created by using music and sound effects, using silence to build tension, or by delaying the introduction of essential plot points.
Take Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho for example. In this movie, suspense is built primarily through music and sound effects. The classic “shower scene” has no dialogue until halfway through when Marion Crane yells out her famous line: “Mother?!” (This is something I’ve studied in my work—how characters’ reactions can help build suspense.) In another scene where Norman Bates’ mother attacks Janet Leigh, there are no music cues—only screams and shouts as she tries to escape her attacker.
Silence is another way filmmakers create suspense for their audiences; it’s often used before revealing a shocking twist or plot twist at the end of a story (like in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds).
Creeping Around Creepy Music
Creepy music is one of the most effective ways to build suspense. It’s also handy for creating a sense of unease in your audience. Whether you want to create tension and apprehension with creepy music or set up a scary scene by emphasizing its spooky tone, it’s easy to use samples or record your music to get the desired effect.
Hits, Risers & Downers
A hit is a sound effect used for dramatic emphasis—usually at the climax of a scene or when something important happens. A riser is a sound effect that starts off quiet and then builds in intensity, while a downer does the opposite—it starts off loud and then fades away.
You can create hits, risers, and downers using a variety of methods: with synths, by recording Foley sounds (like footsteps or doors slamming), or by manipulating field recordings.
Welcome to the Tonal Trailer Tools
Welcome to Tonal Trailer Tools is a sample library designed to add excitement and suspense to your trailer productions. This collection of audio samples is not just for trailers but for any type of video production where you want to use a wide variety of sounds that can be triggered from a straightforward interface.
Cinematic Experience for The Audiences
To create a realistic movie, directors of all kinds of films, from action to romance, strive to deliver their best and give a great cinematic experience to the audiences. The secret doesn’t only lie in great direction and acting but also in building the mood before the film itself is screened. This is where trailers come into the picture.
If you’re a film buff or just into watching movies, you probably know what trailers are. Trailers are short previews of upcoming films that give the audience an idea of what the movie is about and what it might be. The trailer can be exciting, scary, or funny, depending on how it’s made.
While for many people, trailers are just an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the movie is all about, it still plays a crucial role in creating excitement and anticipation among the audience. If you’re new to trailer Productions, here are some tips you can consider while working on your following projects:
While, for many people, trailers are just an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the movie is all about, it still plays a vital role in creating excitement and anticipation among the audience. If you’re new to trailer productions, here are some tips you can consider while working on your following projects:
- Use music that creates an eerie, mysterious feel.
- Suspense is not the same as a surprise. Surprise is a plot twist that happens suddenly, while tension builds slowly through pacing, music, and other elements.
- Never leave your audience hanging! Use samples judiciously so they don’t become distracting or annoying – then strike them with an ending they won’t forget!
Making a trailer is about creating suspense about what lies ahead in the film! Build up the plot in such a way that it leaves viewers wanting for more.
To create a mystery, you can use music and sound effects to build suspense. You can also add subtitles to hint at what is happening in the movie. For example, if there is a chase scene, you could show subtitles that say, “The main character has been chased by bad guys” or something similar.
Voiceovers are another way to add excitement and intrigue. A voiceover might be used if one of your characters was trying to explain something important about his or her life—for example: “I’ve never been this happy before!”
With so much to share, many filmmakers tend to go overboard with communicating too many scenes from their films. The idea behind trailers is that they should be short and sweet yet keep enough room for curiosity among viewers so they can want to watch your movie!
We recommend using only the most exciting parts of your film in your trailer. You will have plenty of time later to show more footage once people have become interested enough in what you’re doing by watching the trailer.
The more effort you put into your work, the better your results. Keep these tips in mind while working on your next trailer!