Coming Soon: Film Trailers and the Selling of Hollywood Technology

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McFarland, Sep 12, 2009 - 228 pages
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The audience’s first exposure to a new movie is often in the form of a “coming attraction” trailer, and short previews are also a vanguard for emerging technology and visual techniques. This book demonstrates how the trailer has educated audiences in new film technologies such as synchronized sound, widescreen and 3-D, tracing the trailer’s status as a trailblazer on to new media screens and outlets such as television, the Internet, and the iPod. The impact and use of new technologies and the evolution of trailers beyond the big screen is followed into the digital era.
 

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Contents

1 Something BIG Is Coming
27
2 The Rival Screen
60
3 Technology and Genre
91
4 The Mobile Trailer
124
Conclusion
153
Appendix I
163
Appendix II
168
Appendix III
171
Appendix IV
174
Chapter Notes
179
Trailerography
191
Bibliography
201
Index
211
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Keith M. Johnston is a lecturer of film and television studies at the University of East Anglia. His work on film marketing has been published in Film International, Convergence and Journal of Popular Film and Television.

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