“Pitch Perfect 2” Trailer Review by FIDM Digital Media Student Brianna Kim

The pitch is back! For those of you who are fans, “Pitch Perfect 2” will be officially released in theatres on May 15, 2015. I am personally a huge fan of “Pitch Perfect” and I am so excited for this movie to come out. So, for today’s post, I will be reviewing the “Pitch Perfect 2” trailer!

First of all, one of the reasons why I love this trailer is because it starts off with a very sweet and almost emotional montage of the movie. The scenes display fun and happy moments the girls have together, in slightly slow motion. They perform a ballad version of the song, “Cups,” which plays in the background, showcasing the actresses’ iconic vocals and harmonies, for which this film is praised. Although it is an emotional montage, there are still some pretty weird moments included, reflecting the film’s tongue-in-cheek humor that audiences love. Nonetheless, the trailer implies an end to the franchise, solidifying that all “a-ca-awesome” things slowly come to an end. The mood of the trailer takes a drastic turn as the soft music ends as Becca played by Anna Kendrick starts making fart noises.

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One thing I really like about this trailer is how structured and informative it is. The narration of Elizabeth Banks helps the audience fully understand the setting and plot. The trailer as a whole helps the audience know what we can look forward to, without really giving too much away. With the fast edits and the beat boxing in the background, the trailer introduces the different a capella groups involved in the story, including the Barden Bellas and Treble Makers. We also get a quick glimpse of a few Green Bay Packers that make an appearance in the film. So even though the trailer feels like a quick, upbeat montage of the movie, the audience still gets a sense of what will happen in the sequel.

The text in this trailer was used in a very clever way and without excess, making it more important and emphasized. For example, the text was used at pivotal moments and highlighted important parts, such as when the movie would be released. The part that got me excited was when they had “THE PITCH IS BACK” come on the screen one at a time with quick white flashes in between. The text was on-tempo with the downbeats of the background music. The downbeats and sound effects were boosted up when the text appeared and this sounded and felt climactic.

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The trailer has a pattern of having quick edits and slightly slow motion scenes with some epic background music, followed by a funny scene that actually includes dialogue from the characters. Various performance aspects like bright lights and lots of visual effects were used to ultimately match the mood and environment of an a capella competition. Your eyes will definitely not be bored while watching this trailer.

I really like it when comedic trailers end with their movie’s title, followed by a really funny scene from the movie. In this trailer, the trailer editors included one last scene with Rebel Wilson’s character, Fat Amy, and Bumper, played by Adam Devine, after the film’s movie title, which I think entertains the audience until the end and gets them excited about how funny the whole movie will be.

I also found it interesting that the film promoters included not only a Facebook link, but also a Snapchat link at the end of the trailer. Snapchat has become an application where fans can go to get updates about their favorite films and stars. It is amazing to see how much of an impact social media has on the entertainment world.

I am super excited for this movie to come out and I can’t wait to hear all the awesome a capella mash-ups and vocals. So my final question to you is… Are you ready for the pitch?

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Author: Brianna Kim

My name is Brianna Kim, and I am currently a Digital Media student at FIDM. Just a few random facts about me… I am an only child and I was born and raised in the OC. I love to sing and I love music, especially Korean music. My all-time favorite TV show is One Tree Hill. At first, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do after high school, but I started taking some graphic design classes and started making videos for my church and I really enjoyed it. So I decided to apply to FIDM and do what I loved. And I am so glad that I decided to attend FIDM because I genuinely enjoy what I am doing and having so much fun learning. Every day at FIDM, I am learning something new and exciting and every day I am learning more about myself and how I can grow as a person to be successful in life overall. I truly enjoy meeting new people and talking/interacting with people and building relationships. I really enjoy storytelling and writing, especially sharing others' stories in a visually creative way. One thing that I have learned here at FIDM is that passion makes a huge difference. When you are passionate about what you do, everything else will fall into place. When you are passionate, you are inspired. When you are passionate, it means you love what you do.

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