Under the Skin Trailer

Audience and Institution

  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Country: UK/USA/Swi
  • Certificate: 15
  • Director: Jonathan Glazer
  • Top Billing: Scarlett Johansson
  • Genres: Drama, Sci Fi, Thriller
  • Awards: Won 34/91
  • Production Company: Film4, BFI
  • Distribution Company: StudioCanal, A24 Films, Mongrel Media
  • Budget: $13.3 million
  • Revenue: $5,400,000 (Worldwide)

Deconstruction

Text:

  • Audience approval card
  • Production company logos appear before any of the footage
  • All text between shots is written in a bold, white font which stands out from the black cards
  • ‘From Johnathan Glazar’, lets the audience know who the director is and may draw fans of his work
  • ‘Director of Sexy Beast and Birth’, lets the audience know what films the director has previously made
  • ‘A genuine revolution. We may finally have an heir to Kubrick’, very high praise draws an audience to want to see the film
  • Credit card at the end giving the audience information on who made the film

Camera:

  • Main character first shown from a low angle making her look powerful and intimidating
  • Wide range of shots used showing the different settings of the films (long shots) and the different characters emotions (close ups)

Sound:

  • Creepy soundtrack (slow but frantic) starts as she starts to stalk people
  • Ambient music interrupted by moments of silence draw the audiences’ attention to the trailer
  • Not much diegetic sound used outside of speech to emphasise the score

Mis-en Scene:

  • Frequent use of black and white objects within the same shot create striking images
  • Other bold colours help to make eye-catching shots
  • Use of re-occurring shapes like circles help link clips together

Editing:

  • Consecutive shots share themes (circles, bright lights etc.)
  • Gives nothing away about the actual story but creates a compelling atmosphere making the audience want to see it
  • Lots of fades to black to transition between shots
  • Very quick cuts followed by very slow ones creates the desired creepy atmosphere which compliments the score
  • Flickering transition used to create the creepy atmosphere

 

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