It’s been some days already since I entered a trailer competition using footage from the movie ‘The Nines’. Enough time to cool down and think about my personal lessons learned.

Before I start with this lessons learned list there are two or three things I’d like to write generally: in review this competition was awesome and a great experience though I couldn’t catch one of the first three or ten positions, respectively. But that I no problem at all since I only had three hours of my spare time to bring this piece together.

So, with this being said, let’s start with my lessons learned in no particular order:

  1. the goal to tell some sort of story or plot within the trailer is visible but could have been further enhanced
  2. it is never good to create a trailer that doesn’t show the actors’ names
  3. don’t focus on one protagonist or antagonist only. The more characters the better – but not too much
  4. (In conjunction with no. 3) The more fleshed out the main or central relationships the better

I think that’s it for now.


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