ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips On Making a Trailer For Your Independent Film

Updated on February 12, 2013

Cool Shots & Music

Getting Cool shots of the movie while its filming is key, these cool shots can be saved to make your trailer for your independent film. You want to use graphics that grab you, be creative and make an impressive title treatment that is different from your main title. You want to use Original music, it's very important. Be careful with the music you use, there are plenty of affordable tracks from companies that supply music specifically for trailers. Be sure to use music that is legally cleared. If you want music that sounds similar to a certain movie soundtrack to capture a particular mood, have a piece of music composed. The key to legally changing someone else's music is to change every seventh note slightly.

Example 1. Compliance

Tell The Story

Tell The Story, but don't tell the whole story. If you've got a great story, don't be afraid to show it and spell it out. Dramatizing your story board and making it entertaining wont hurt, just don't tell the whole story, leave them wanting more. Make sure you use positive reviews, if your film has gotten early positive reviews from notable critics or credible press outlets, use them, big bold quotes in a white typeface against a black background looks impressive when cut quickly into the the trailer, this technique is most used affectively near the end just before the title screen. Using great sound is critical, Spend time on the sound mix. If you have the slightest problem understanding what your actor said, then nobody else will understand what there saying either, and this will look unprofessional. If need be, record dialogue for the trailer to clarify the story.

Example 2. Safety Not Guaranteed

Star Power

If your film has a recognizable star, make sure to feature your star very prominently, even if you've got only one celebrity in a brief cameo, and B and C celebrities count as well. Those shots should be used extensively in the trailer. Keep it short, the shorter the better, about two minute or under. Your audience has been trained to have the attention span of 2 min, anything over and you could lose your audience's attention. Start with a bang!! Open with a huge attention grabber. End with a bang, close with the best shot or best line in your film, using starting with a big bang technique or closing with a big bang technique sales films!!

Example 3. Start With A Bang and Keep It Short, Lost Highway!

Things to Avoid While Making a Trailer

No Nudity, Keep your trailer PG-13 or lower, even if your film has a lot of sex, there is no reason to put it in the trailer, violence, for some reason is ok to put in your trailer. Boring trailer, a boring trailer is a big NO NO, get to the point, what is the movie about already! Define it in the first 10 seconds. Do not use music you do not have rights to. Never use stolen shots, they will eventually see the full movie. Do not give up the ending in your trailer, Big Hollywood films do it all the time, but remember you are independent, you want to stay mysterious, you want them to bite, but not feel full, keep them intrigued, and wanting more!! Once again you want to make sure the trailer is not to long, keep it short and have them begging for More!!

Example 4. Ending Your Trailer With A Bang!!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)