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In order to communicate key messages to an audience, producers of film trailers use certain conventions and devices.

This chart shows the beginnings and endings of jumbled-up sentences. Using your mouse, move around the endings in the right-hand column so that each sentence describes a different trailer convention.



Voiceovers are used to...
  • ...are showcased
The stars of the film...
  • ...is interspersed with actor or director credits on screen
Key points...
  • ...not appear until the end
Conversations between characters often...
  • ...plays an important role in creating atmosphere
Dramatic camera angles may...
  • ...is often used to highlight the most dramatic, humorous or fast-paced aspects of the film
  • ...tell the story and give credit information
  • ...builds to a climax, where it ends
The film’s title may...
  • ...are sometimes conveyed through titles (words on screen)
The trailer...
  • ...be chosen to show events or characters
Montage (a series of shots from different points in the film, edited together)...
  • ...consist of one-liners

Check your answers


Using this worksheet, watch another trailer from here and explore how these conventions help to communicate ideas about the film.

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