Nothing helps us relax like the entertainment industry. When you get home after a long day, sometimes all you want to do is jump out of your shoes straight into the bed, turn on the TV or bring your laptop and unwind.
And is there anything better to completely disappear from all your daily troubles than watching a fantastic movie or a binge-worthy TV show?
But do you remember how you got interested in picking that particular movie or show? Chances are they’ve convinced you with their intriguing trailer or teaser. Or you’ve heard some epic tune during the opening theme with a creative prologue to the series?
Whatever the case, here are some of the most spectacular examples of trailers, teasers and intros to help you decide what to see next:
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1. His Dark Materials by Elastic
- Dark and imaginative
- Foreshadowing yet secretive
His Dark Materials is an HBO live-action adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book of the same name. Elastic produced the magical, captivating opening theme for the show.
The 90-second-long visual journey is full of fascinating details that seem arbitrary but are crucial to the plot. The lighting is dull and foggy, yet some lights and artifacts build a dark atmosphere – a perfect tool to make you wonder what’s behind it.
This opening sequence did a fantastic job of foreshadowing numerous aspects of the story mysteriously and imaginatively
2. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery by Motive Creative
- Dramatic and funny
- Straight to the point
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is the sequel to the 2019 movie Knives Out. The story follows a detective solving a murder mystery in Greece. The trailer, produced by Motive Creative, immediately draws you in on the mystery through a series of short scenes, prompting you to watch it and learn more.
Unlike the pretentious trailers frequently representing the genre, this video is straightforward and refrains from trying too hard. Rather than going overboard with the suspense and the data, the trailer explores the mystery through an assertive balance of drama and humor – it lets you know what to expect from the movie.
The video is built on puzzles and hints, and these puzzle-like features were also carefully used to present the stars of the movie.
3. Love & Gelato by The Refinery
- Mediterranean aesthetics
- Unwinding vibe
- Classic rom-com moments
Love & Gelato is a Netflix movie based on the young adult novel by Jenna Evans Welch. The Refinery helped capture all there’s to know, or rather yet – everything to be expected from this movie through their creative trailer production.
The trailer features a mix of Italian glamour, including the food, architecture and all other centerpieces of the Mediterranean pearl. It sets the tone for an American girl visiting the country to honor her mother’s wish.
This snippet lets you know what type of movie this is – it's a relaxing one meant to help you enjoy a classic rom-com in a distinctive setting over a glass of wine and some smiles along the way.
4. CARMEN CURLERS by Trailer House
- Retro style
- Showcases the highs and the lows
- Dynamic relationships
Carmen Curlers is a Danish TV show depicting the invention of the product, what led to it and how it changed the lives of the people involved. The story takes place in the 30s, so the trailer made by Trailer House went full-on retro-mode.
The foundations of this TV trailer are the colors, lighting, clothes, haircuts, social status and other signs of the time. It frequently plays around with the depiction of carmen curlers in action, twisting and twirling women’s hair and combining it with dialog sounds indicating intrigue and dynamic relationships between the characters that make this drama binge-worthy.
Trailer House cleverly hints at the rich character development through a series of short scenes that let you peek into the everyday lives of the industry members, their ambitions and how the revolutionary product will affect their lives.
5. Bigfoot Path of the Beast by Afrasayyab Gondal
- Unsettling atmosphere
- A sense of urgency
Bigfoot Path of the Beast is an indie movie made by Justin Snyder. The plot follows the mysterious disappearance of the protagonist’s wife and the addictions he developed to cope with his loss.
Afrasayyab Gondal made an incredibly tense trailer that effectively conveyed the unsettling atmosphere in the movie.
The trailer gives us a glimpse of the plot and develops a sense of urgency tied closely to the hero looking for the person or creature that took his wife. It also depicts how the people around him don’t believe him; through the hero’s eyes, it becomes difficult to discern what’s real.
6. HBO: October 2021 "Image CE" by HADMIK.COM
- Impeccable sound design
- Collection of tropes
- Seamless blend of genres
In his own words, Miklòs Hadházi, the ideator behind HADMIK.COM, has been "bitten by the film bug at the tender age of 6." And it clearly shows in everything he does.
For HBO's October 2021 "Image CE" promo, he masterfully edited clips of some of the greatest blockbusters of the decade, distilled their essence and made an exciting reel that is an art form by itself.
The exhilarating video seamlessly merged diametrically opposite genres with the aptly named "Boom Boom Bap" hip-hop track that makes the audience jazzed to jump right back into HBO's rich library even if they've already experienced it beforehand.
7. The Prey: Legend Of Karnoctus by Luna Lyte Studios
- 80s vibe
- Innovative camera shots
One would think that filming an action flick is as easy as it gets. Coming up with an appealing trailer would be even less demanding, right? Wrong. Highlighting crucial scenes and movie icons without revealing key plot points can be a Herculean task, however, Luna Lyte Studios, was more than up for it!
Evoking the legendary hits from the 80s, such as Predator, gave Luna Lyte an opportunity to play with the music choice and camera shots (and some literal shots) making the movie itself a cinema magnet!