History of film trailers

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    History of film trailers and development of horror comedy films.

  • First film trailer

    The first trailer that was shown was for a musical for The Pleasure Seekers musical.
  • Motion picture trailer

    The first official studio releases of trailers were in 1916. The film starred Charlie Chaplin.
    (cannot find offical date)
  • National Screen Service

    The National Screen Service was founded and provided a service to the studios creating trailers. They dominated trailer making for four decades until the late 1950's. Some film trailers that were created by the NSS were, 'I am a Fugitive from a Chain gang' (1932) and Casablanca (1942)
  • 1930 and 1940's horror comedy

    In the 1930's and 1940's, films that were classed as horror comedy had monsters that were not violent.
  • Laurel and hardy

    In 1930 Laurel and Hardy produced a film called The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case. Laurel and Hardy also did the A Live Ghost film in 1934. Then went on make A-Haunting We Will Go in 1942.
  • The Three Stooges

    The Three Stooges created a short film called Spooks! in 1943.
  • End of the NSS domination

    The domination of the NSS slowed down towards the early 1950's due to directors changing the way trailers were put together.
  • The breakdown of film trailers

    FRom the late 1950's to the early 1960's film trailers started to break down. One director that changed the way trailers were made was Stanley Kubrick, the original mould became textless, montage trailers with fast paced editing. This happened because of 'New Hollywod'.
  • horror comedy

    Peter Sellers included elements of horror within his TV shows. The Munsters, The Addams Family and Scooby Doo cartoons were the main things that were shown on tv.
  • Ruining the films through trailers

    Trailers soon became a mash up of importnant scenes from the movies. This started to ruin the films.
  • Fusing of trailers

    Trailers began to fuse together score, action and narration. Music and movies were being edited together to improve trailers. Each of the aspects were used dont dominate one another. each of the scenes used in the trailers made an impact or was very efffective in the use of creating an excellent movie.
  • 1980's

    An American Werewolf In London (1981), Fright Night (1985), Mr. Vampire (1985), and Vamp (1986) were all released in the 1980's which were classed as successful films within the horor comedy genre.
  • Cute Horror films

    Gremlins and Ghosbusters were both released in the same year which bought out the new cuteness to ghosts and monsters.
  • Aiming trailers at the individual

    The mass market wasnt what trailers wanted to hit anymore, they tried to make the mass market feel like they were in on some sort of secret by making each individual feel like they were included and nobody else knew what was going on.
  • Modern trailers 2000 - current

    Now-a-days modern trailers use the same techniques that trailers used in the past. The technique has been effective forso many years film directors have chosen to use the roots from original movie trailers, and there's no indication of this chnging in the years to come.
  • films of the 00's

    Shaun of the dead, and Zombieland both use zombies with comedy to create a horror comedy film. They are both successful films in todays life.