Monday, 18 June 2012

The tricky art of trailer-making

This one's a quick trailer for an old Jerry Seinfeld movie, called Comedian (2002), a movie I never saw.

The trailer is worth watching because it raises a lot of questions about trailers.

"No, I like it in here."

The real voiceover master was Don LaFontaine (1940-2008). He was known as "Thunder Throat" and "The Voice of God." He was also the guy who invented the line, "In a world where..." He recorded those words thousands of times, having made over 5,000 trailers.

Don LaFontaine: One man, in a land, in a time, in a world... All his own.
Here's his story in his own words.

Here's some other people's stories, as well.

Okay, so I'm a sucker for a good trailer. Here's one manufactured from the Vandelay Industries sequence of Seinfeld.

And just one more, the thriller, Hello Newman.


Anonymous said...

These clips are just dazzlingly good!
Thanks Henry.

Kathy said...

"The words dictate to me how they want to be read." This guy is a writer's dream!

I liked the way they showed the side view in black and white, it really added interest to what was in effect a static interview interspersed with clips. I had never thought about the voice-over person before, thanks Henry.

Anne Flournoy said...

Another amazing, witty, informative post. This blog is a treasure.

Ed Love said...

Very cleverly done!