Posted: April 18, 2016
You are going to create a 2-3 minute movie trailer. The movie can be any genre you like BUT must meet the Codes and Conventions of that genre style.
What are codes?
Codes are systems of signs, which create meaning. Codes can be divided into two categories – technical and symbolic.
Technical codes are all the ways in which equipment is used to tell the story in a media text, for example the camera work in a film.
Symbolic codes show what is beneath the surface of what we see. For example, a character's actions show you how the character is feeling.
Some codes fit both categories – music for example, is both technical and symbolic.
What are conventions?
Conventions are the generally accepted ways of doing something. There are general conventions in any medium, such as the use of interviewee quotes in a print article, but conventions are also genre specific.
When you are done your project it will be viewed by the class. You will also hand in the attached Story Board sheet with your draft of your trailer and all codes stated.