Those of us who watch entirely too many movies know two things: First, that the trailers* are often the best part of the show, and second that the trailers sometimes (most times?) may not really tell you if you’ll like the movie they’re advertising.
Those of us who are addicted to trailers can get a fix here: http://www.apple.com/trailers/
But that isn’t the purpose of this post. Instead, I’m going to introduce a couple of trailers for movies you’ve probably already seen.
Here’s the way The Tattered Coat had the story:
A post-production house organized a competition where assistant editors “re-cut” trailers for famous movies to try and make them seem like different movies … .
Here are the folks who made a couple of the trailers**:
Princess, Tom, Jenna, and of course me. We all made it to the awards on time, except Robert who was still working. But he barely made it, and good that he did, because he won first fucking place! Yes, his recut of the Shining was just absolutely awesome. You don’t believe me? Just check it out, Rob’s Winner.
Oh and Tom got third, for his extremely eerie and cool infected thriller West Side Story zombie style. Way to go PS.
Here are the newly-cut trailers themselves:
West Side Story as a horror flick.
I don’t know who the second-place winner was, but I want to see that trailer too.
* So called because they used to be shown after the main attraction.
** They also made a trailer for Titanic as a scary movie.
[UPDATE] Hat tip to PiscusFiche for finding the rest of the story. Mighty is your Google-fu!
NEW YORK - Imagine The Sound of Music as a documentary on the origin of snuff movies. Or Gandhi as a biopic about a standup comedian. Among other absurdities, that’s what participants at the Association of Independent Creative Editors’ first Trailer Park New York competition were treated to as 31 assistant editors from the Big Apple battled it out for best faux-trailer.
In NY, LA and Chicago, the AICE (Association of Independent Creative Editors) puts on a competition for assistant editors (whose companies are in the AICE). For the competition, the entrants must choose between 5 movies (“The Exorcist”,”Cannonball Run”, “Ocean’s 11”, “Apocalypse Now”, or “Traffic”) and cut a 60 second trailer changing the genre of the chosen film. After which a group of AICE judges choose the winning trailers.
New York, NY (Feb. 20, 2004) — The Association of Independent Creative Editors has awarded Kevin Halleran first place honors at the Trailer Park Festival. For the competition, assistant editors were given the challenge of cutting a two-minute movie trailer from a list of five film classics. The twist— the promo had to place the film in an entirely new genre.
Halleran won first place by turning the timeless family film “The Sound of Music” into a thriller flick by partnering slow-motion scenes with classic horror music.
“It’s definitely ‘Sound of Music’ meets ‘Village of the Damned,’” said Halleran. “It was such a fun project— and illustrates the power of editing.” He added, “The competition was a chance to do something out of the ordinary and a great venue to showcase my work.”
Other genre-changers included Forrest Gump as a thriller, Citizen Kane as a musical, and The Exorcist as a gay priest love story.
Here’s yet more on the contest with examples (alas, not the full trailers) at On the Media.
PiscusFiche also found the second-place winner, a reworking of the Haley Mills The Parent Trap as a lesbian love story, done by Paul LaCalandra at http://www.moondogedit.com/
And here’s the man behind Shining, thanks to The New York Times.
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 — Robert Ryang, 25, a film editor’s assistant in Manhattan, graduated from Columbia three years ago with a double major in film studies and psychology. This week, he got an eye-opening lesson in both.
Since 2002, Mr. Ryang has worked for one of the owners of P.S. 260, a commercial postproduction house, cutting commercials for the likes of Citizens Bank, Cingular and the TriBeCa Film Festival.
A few weeks back, he said, he entered a contest for editors’ assistants sponsored by the New York chapter of the Association of Independent Creative Editors. The challenge? Take any movie and cut a new trailer for it — but in an entirely different genre. Only the sound and dialogue could be modified, not the visuals, he said.
Mr. Ryang won the contest, and about 10 days ago, he said, he sent three friends a link to a “secret site” on his company’s Web site where they could watch his entry (www.ps260.com/molly/SHINING%20FINAL.mov).
One of them, Mr. Ryang said, posted it on his little-watched blog. And that was that. Until this week, when he was hit by a tsunami of Internet interest.
On Wednesday, Mr. Ryang said, his secret site got 12,000 hits. By Thursday the numbers were even higher, his film was being downloaded and linked to on countless other sites, it had cracked the top 10 most popular spoofs on www.ifilm.com, and a vice president at a major Hollywood studio had called up his office, scouting for new talent.
“He said it’s being circulated everywhere in the film community,” Mr. Ryang said of the executive….