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Alternative Trailer for Belle de Jour

by Videographic Criticism

This assignment asked the participants to produce a sixty- to ninety-second ‘alternative’ trailer with the following constraints: the videos should use precisely three on-screen titles consisting of no more than five words each; and the videos should include at least three different transitions in addition to straight cuts. Further, each participant received one additional parameter from among these: all images must be of characters in motion; no close-ups of people, only objects; no shots using camera movement; shots can include no more than one person. The goal was to encourage the production of trailers which did not focus on story—which were not a narrative ‘preview’ of the film in question—but rather which highlighted other aspects of the film, such as its visual and aural patterns or its tone.

Tracy Cox-Stanton captured something of this approach in her trailer for Belle de Jour, which focused on two of the film’s secondary characters, employed a variation on a famous quotation by Jean-Luc Godard, and organised the clips so that her video appeared to be a trailer for Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1959) as directed by Luis Buñuel.

Belle de Jour Alternative Trailer

A Videographic Alternative Trailer for Belle de Jour

from Belle de Jour (2015)
Creator: Tracy Cox-Stanton
Posted by Videographic Criticism