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Star Status and its Affect on Viewership Film trailers are nearly always the main pretext by which a person creates their own expectations for a film, and are often one of the main reasons people choose a certain movie. Trailers often acknowledge the star actors in the movie, the credentials of the director, and the genre of the film in order to attract their target audience. The trailer for Inside Man uses these elements to attract an audience that is interested in this style of movie, and as such warranted a more consistently positive response to the film. The trailer for Inside Man uses a choppy style of editing, a style present in many trailers, because this style tends to hide the greater plot details while giving the viewer a general idea, thus drawing on the viewer’s desire to know the completed narrative. In the trailer, we see individual shots, including the beginning of a bank robbery, the arrival of the police at the scene, and the treatment of hostages by the robbers. None of these clips lasts more than a few seconds, yet they each attract their own slightly different audience. The scene in which we see the beginnings of a bank robbery includes the image of bank robbers holding handguns, and the bank clients dropping to their knees in fear. Right away, the viewer is instilled with a sense of high tension and excitement. This continues, when we see the police frantically changing their plans, as the Russell has been listening in on the police operations center. As the tension rises, we see Foster (Madeleine White) threaten Frazier for her own personal needs. As we continue to watch the trailer, we see how these three seemingly isolated characters depend upon each other to get what they need; Frazier’s promotion, Russell’s perfect heist, and White’s client’s property. These relationships between such different characters on both the “good” and “bad” sides of this
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fight gives the viewer a symbol for the relationships they have in life, with people they like or dislike, and is therefore more realistic, more believable, and more enjoyable to become immersed in. Additionally, the trailer uses the opening scene from the film, in which Clive Owen’s character (Dalton Russell) narrates his planned bank heist. This monologue gives the viewer a similar feeling to that of the narrative in many film noirs, a genre preferred by many men due to the often criminal, violent, and sexual themes involved in these films. This style of narrative gives the viewer the impression of being immersed in the film. This feeling has long been the main desire of movie-goers, because going to see a movie is now more of a social experience
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ETS 154 taught by Professor Hallas during the Spring '08 term at Syracuse.

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