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Hotel for Dogs Educational Resource


Watch the trailer as a class and share your initial thoughts. Who do you think will enjoy the film?

A trailer provides cinema audiences with key information about the film and summarises the story in a short space of time. Get into groups and watch the trailer a second time, considering the following questions:

  • Who are the main characters?
  • What are the different settings in the film?
  • What are the problems that the characters face?
  • To what 'genre' do you think this film belongs?
  • How is sound, light and editing used to set the mood and tell the story?


The other purpose of a trailer is to catch the audience's attention and make them look forward to seeing the film. Watch the trailer once more and think about the techniques used to do that.

  • Why have these particular moments in the film been chosen?
  • How does the sound and editing work together to make the trailer entertaining?
  • What is the purpose of the voiceover and text on screen?

Now draw a storyboard and write a voiceover script for an alternative trailer for the film. Focus on a particular audience who would enjoy the film. For example:

  • dog lovers
  • audiences who enjoy comedy or adventure
  • fans of one of the actors or actresses