How are movie trailers distributed?
Posted 01 September 2010 - 10:42 PM
After spending an hour the other night watching and analyzing new movie trailers on apple.com/trailers, it occurred to me that I didn't know how the trailers are made and how they are distributed. There are dozens of sites (if not more) that offer movie trailers. However, after many exhaustive hours of searching and reading, I still don't have a clear picture of how they are distributed from the various studios to companies such as Apple and TrailerAddict (http://www.traileraddict.com/).
One fascinating bit of insight that I learned was that many trailers are cut using dailies, finally explaining why so many trailers feature scenes that are never in the movies themselves. I've even started noticing in some trailers where different scenes look completely different because some were "unprocessed" and others had gone through the processes of getting them ready for the final cut. I know my terminology is probably incorrect, so I apologize for that. It's like the first time a more experienced photographer broke down one of his photos and explained the different kind of lighting he used. The photo went from being beautiful without knowing why to one that I could take apart and understand its various aspects. It was such an enlightening experience that for many days afterword, I couldn't look at a normal scene on a street without mentally examining it and thinking about the possible compositions and lighting.
I'm hoping some experienced folks here could enlighten me as to how the trailers for movies are made available to the wide variety of sites that show them.
Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:59 AM
Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:18 AM
Yes, of course. But there are many different companies that do nothing but cut trailers.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:03 PM
As for how the trailers were distributed, it was handled by a company called National Screen Service, which also did the posters.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:34 PM
Now, as John points out, trailers have to be ready way before the final film is finished (which is often only days before the premiere and world-wide release - no pressure on the lab to get prints out on time!). So often scenes are shot just for early teaser trailers months before even the shoot is finished, let alone post.
In this neck of the woods, some studios now send a digital master of the trailer by satellite to the lab, where it's downloaded, recorded out to film, and printed. Saves a couple of days of shipping and givs the lab a back-up in case the neg gets damaged in printing.
And of course the master is there for DCP digital release copies.