♪ I can’t stop this feelingBlue Swede “Melody” Simple Minds
Deep inside of me
Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me
Girl, you just don’t realize
What you do to me ♪
What a bunch of a-holes! For this assignment, I mashed up ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ with ‘The Breakfast Club‘ in order to make a whole new trailer of everyone’s favorite group of 80’s slackers. This assignment was called Mash-Up Trailers, and details for this task are as follows:
“Create a trailer out of movie clips, tv show excerpts, news sources, viral videos, or even other trailers. Consider which pieces you are combining and what the new message is. Here is a template for a movie trailer green screen intro. Have fun!!”
I started this project with the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer in mind because of the Tony Zhou videos. In one of his videos, he makes a claim that no one will be able to recall any music from a Marvel movie, and I cried foul because all of the Guardian movies have memorable music in them. True, the songs aren’t original film scores- they were already hit songs. But you can still recall the music. In fact, ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ has been in my head ever since last week, so I knew that I wanted to work with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie trailer.
All that was left to do was to find an 80’s movie to match. Hmm. What movie also has 5 main characters who kind of fit the character descriptions mentioned in the Guardians trailer? The Breakfast Club of course!
After placing The Breakfast Club movie and the Guardians trailer in After Effects, I then set to work picking out scenes based on what I heard in the Guardians trailer. I scrubbed through several times, cutting out scenes every time I heard a match, i.e., if I heard a thud in the Guardians trailer, I’d look for a place in the Breakfast Club where there would be a thud noise. My favorite find was when the kids all run up to the gate inside the school hallway. It fit perfectly with the sound of the jail door from the Guardians trailer!
I was actually surprised about how well the Guardians trailer matched up with The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club isn’t an action movie, yet I was attempting to sync it with an action trailer, so I didn’t know how it would pan out. But when I looked through the scenes, I would notice moments when the characters were getting heated or were acting crazy, and those moments just so happened to sync up fairly well with the climatic build of the trailer music.
I decided to end on each of the characters faces, with an especially long and awkward pause on Brian when he switches chairs. I thought that this was a nice place to end my trailer because it felt humorous after such dramatic music, and that worked well for both The Breakfast Club and Guardians, especially since Guardians uses humor to tell their story.
Finally, I added the Guardians title sequence and some wind ambiance to the end of my movie trailer.
Here’s my final trailer mash-up:
This project was so fun to do and I liked how it turned out! It was a little challenging to sync up the visual clips with audio from a different source, but I was surprised with how much of it worked. That just goes to show how movies use a lot of similar devices to tell a story, and that you can sync up dramatic music to pretty much anything.
Going forward with videos, I’ll have to keep in mind how much music and sound effects really drive a story. I can’t stop this feeling deep inside of me that sound is a super important story device!