When I went to see Harry Potter this weekend, I got to catch the Where the Wild Things Are trailer for the first time on the big screen. I saw it on the internet some time ago, but a movie theater beats YouTube every time.
I looked around while it was playing, and watched nearly every person in the theater rocking out to the trailer, which plays The Arcade Fire’s Wake Up for the duration. I’m not sure about the movie itself (those monsters are creeptastic for one), but the trailer is amazing, and I wanted to see if it’s merely because of the soundtrack.
So what I did in my first video editing project ever, was take the Arcade Fire song and lay it on top of some other trailers to see how it would work. I only have Windows Movie Maker to work with, so excuse the lackluster quality on some of these.
Where the Wild Things Are (original trailer for reference)
Who knows how the movie will be, but it will certainly help that Arcade Fire is scoring the whole thing (not just the trailer).
I’ll start with my favorite one right off the bat. It’s the only one where I used the actual audio straight from the Wild Things trailer, including the howling at the end. I like this one because the words sometimes match up with what’s happening onscreen.
The Dark Knight
Not bad, not great, there’s a bit to much talking and black screen pauses in this trailer, and my editing abilities are limited to putting one audio track with one video track and cutting the ends off.
Zack Snyder movies appear to be prime for the Arcade Fire treatment, probably because it’s not much talking and a whole lot of slow motion action. Didn’t work for Dawn of the Dead though. Yes, I tried.
The pace of this trailer is slightly faster than the song, but it really works sometimes, especially when Nancy is dancing.