Here at TrailerTrack, we don’t just try to celebrate the buzz that we get from seeing fresh new looks at highly-anticipated films, but also the work and creativity that goes into this weird and wonderful art of the trailer. These uncertain times have brought us a slowdown not just in new films, but also trailers – as of the time of writing, we are yet to see a trailer for an upcoming major studio film since cinemas closed across a large part of the world just over a month ago.
In the spirit of keeping the excitement of trailers going in this time of lockdown, we are delighted to announce our Quarantine Trailer Challenge! This is hopefully the first of many opportunities to celebrate and highlight the creativity of our readers and followers, as well as of the wider fan trailer community.
For this inagural challenge – we are looking for trailers for films delayed due to the current situation. This includes No Time to Die, Black Widow, A Quiet Place Part II, First Cow, Radioactive, Mulan, Top Gun: Maverick, and others – you can see a list of U.S. release date changes here, and the UK here.
(You can also tweet us @trailertrack if in doubt whether a film counts for the challenge)
- The trailer should run between 1 and 3 minutes.
- Footage, if used, should be from the specific film the trailer is for, or preceding films in the same series or franchise.
- We are accepting submissions for:
- Teaser trailers
- Full trailers
- ‘Style’ trailers (an edit imitating a specific trailer for a different film – e.g. ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ in the style of ‘Avengers: Endgame’)
- Genre twist trailers (e.g. ‘what if ‘The Shining’ was a comedy‘)
- The trailer should be ‘new’ (created from scratch as part of this challenge and not uploaded/made prior)
- Multiple entries per person are allowed – as long as they are different ‘types’ of trailer or for different films
If you’ve never edted a trailer before, there are plenty of resources online to start from, such as this tutorial from Film Riot.
Once you’re done, upload the trailer to a publicly-viewable video sharing platform of your choice (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter) and submit it here – or in the form below. Closing date is – 23:59 BST (UK time) on Sunday, May 3.
Following the closing date, we will be putting together a jury which will select a shortlist of the best entries in the following categories:
- Best Full Trailer
- Best Teaser
- Most Original
- Best Use of Music
- Best Editing Technique
- Best ‘Style’ Trailer
- Best Genre Twist
We will also be putting the shortlist to a public vote to determine the best trailer overall! And there’s no doubt there will be some popular films we’ll see many entries for – we’ll be highlighing some of those here on the site and our social media.
Tweet us on @trailertrack if you have any questions – and we look forward to seeing what you all come up with!
This challenge is not affiliated with any distributor or creative agency – this is run by fans, for fans.
Header image from The Holiday, courtesy Universal Pictures.