Like many aspects of filmmaking, there is no “one path” to success. Starting with an original screenplay and taking it through to a produced film is a rare opportunity and should definitely be celebrated, but there are many other avenues and strategies, especially when it comes to independent films.
I have been on teams where we have taken a portion of a feature-length screenplay and created a short film, partly to practice, and partly as something to show potential funders during a pitch. Creating a trailer for your project as another strategy.
Creating a fake trailer based on an interesting or funny concept or a spoof is a fun way to practice your skills at writing and execution, and is a clever way to attract potential funders, for the right project.
Here are a couple of my favourite fake trailers.
This trailer combines elements from films like Transformers and Independence Day to create a trailer for a film that could be directed by Michael Bay. The world is under attach by invading blocks and the protagonists have to fight to stay alive and protect the ones they love.
Note: This is not the trailer for AppleTV+ Tetris (which is a real thing, starring Taron Egerton, directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Noah Pink, streaming soon).
An exaggerated, often overdone concept of a group of teens throwing a red solo cup a party when the unlikely shark crashes the festivities.
There’s a shark in the pool. But it’s a really nice pool…. Just DON’T GO IN THE POOL.
These are just a couple that I struck me as fun and memorable. I am sure there are plenty of others out there, even some that resulted in real movies.
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Jith Paul is an independent filmmaker based in Ottawa. While pursuing a career as a software engineer, he decided to take a detour to follow his passion for film and filmmaking, establishing Treepot Media in 2010.
He is a co-founder of the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival, and editor of the film613 blog.
When he is not busy fighting crime, he coordinates the efforts of an international team of software developers and service providers as the Team Lead for Digital Development at CPAC, the Cable Public Affairs Channel.