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Alternative Trailer for Suspiria

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.

Adam Hart’s trailer for Suspiria (Dario Argento, Italy, 1977) effectively emphasized the film’s heavily designed theatrical mise en scène—sets, color, lighting, sound and the tone resulting from their combination—but gave no hint of plot.

Suspiria Alternative Trailer

A Videographic Alternative Trailer for Suspiria

from Suspiria (2015)
Creator: Adam Hart
Posted by Videographic Criticism