Published on July 9, 2014
Soundtrack in Trailers: Soundtrack in Trailers Looking at the Anchorman trailer Functions of Soundtracks: Functions of Soundtracks Soundtracks are very important in movie trailers as they perform a particular function. They can reinforce the film title, indicate characters, can include information of important production personnel, helps makes sense of the narrative and can even summarize the story line without giving away the ending but helps create anticipation. Helps us to make sense of the narrative by giving us background information, such as where the action is set.: Helps us to make sense of the narrative by giving us background information, such as where the action is set. Examples: Dialogue- Character says ‘San Diego’. This implies that the film is set here in America. Voice over- ‘It was the 1920’s’. Indicates the time period that it is set in. Informs us about characters: Informs us about characters Examples: Here the voice over and dialogue talk about the character ‘Ron Burgundy.’ From the sound we can tell he is the protagonist. We can also understand that his character is a bit stupid and silly. This is reinforced by the voice over saying ‘simpler man.’ At the end we here a diegetic sound effect of him hitting something implying he is simple and clumsy. There are breaks in the music where there are slight pauses such as ‘Cannonball’ and when after he says ‘what’s a lead?’ We get to know another character through dialogue as he says ‘follow leads.’ This suggests he has more authority over Ron Burgundy, perhaps he is his boss. Showcases the stars appearing in the film: Showcases the stars appearing in the film Examples: This is shown through use of the voice over as he says near the end of the trailer ‘Will Ferrell as….’ This is used to attract audiences. It also tells us about the genre of the film as this particular actor, Will Ferrell, is known for comedies. Reinforces the title of the film.: Reinforces the title of the film. Examples: Phrases used in the dialogue and by the voice over such as ‘on the air’, ‘journalism’, ‘deliver the news’ and ‘breaking news,’ all reinforce the title of ‘Anchorman.’ They all relate to the theme of News on the TV in America as News presenters are known as Anchorman. Sets the tone for the film.: Sets the tone for the film. Examples: Indicates at the genre- Pause in the music and then dialogue of main character saying ‘cannonball!’ The music used throughout as background music sounds comical, happy, funny and uplifting. It also ties in with the voice over talking about the 1970’s as it sounds like it is stylized in that era.