This is a great way to break up the monotony with a little bit of humor while still teaching crucial analysis skills! My high school students love the remixes - which are professionally done - and engagement during this lesson is always high.
Students analyze three sets of movie trailers. Each set contains the original trailer and one remake. Analysis focuses on the effects of music, filters, dialogue, inclusion/exclusion of scenes all impact tone, mood, and characterization.
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Worksheet with graphic organizer to analyze each trailer. Students first identify a basic summary of the movie, in one sentence, before watching any of the trailers. Their summaries should be objective and simplistic. After watching the trailers students break them down to determine how each trailer created a completed different tone even though it stems from the same basic idea. Worksheet contains QRCodes to each trailer or trailer remix located on YouTube.com. Also includes a short url under QRCode in case a student has trouble scanning or does not have access to their camera on their device.
Includes two extension questions asking students to identify and explain which element of the trailers had the greatest impact on the overall message and which element had the smallest impact on the overall message.
Sample answer sheet is included but answers may vary.
Movie Trailers Featured (links included; videos are not included in this product)
Someone hilariously turned “Elf” into a thriller. It’s not actually scary, especially if you have seen the original, but it is impressive how they were able to take such a silly subject and movie and make it suspenseful and dark.
Since the original movie is dark and gloomy, this remix changes it to a romantic comedy. Bella is the new kid in town and she awkwardly goes after the bad-boy at school.
Similar to “Elf,” someone has taken this bright, optimistic movie and turned it into what feels like a murder mystery. Dory’s family is suddenly gone and she can’t remember what happened.