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Men rule movie trailers

Men rule movie trailers

This video appeared in the BBC online magazine on 6th March 2012. It looks at the roles of men and women in the movie trailer industry.

What would you do with this video in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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PS Thanks to everyone on Twitter who tested the video for me 🙂

Comments on: "Men rule movie trailers" (2)

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  2. I have to say gender issues are usually pretty difficult in Ukraine. There seams to be a consensus and all discussion cuts off so a resource like this could be pretty useful.

    I’d start off by showing a trailer for an upcoming film with some discussion questions: What is the film about? what type/genre of film is it? Would you like to see the film or not?

    Then watch again and ask questions about the voice over. What does it tell you about the film? How does the voice make you feel? etc

    Final task from that, Do you think voice overs are important in trailers, what makes a good voice over?
    [during this stage I’d input language on films, emotions, feelings etc]

    Then we’d watch the video with a starter task, summaries the main points from the video.

    A language focus on words that emerge from the video.

    Post discussion on Women in voice overs: Do you agree that you trust a woman’s voice more? How important is trust in a film trailer? Do you think this situation needs to change? How could it be changed?

    A more general discussion on women in work [perhaps bringing out the UN statistics on salaries for women compared with men, or CEO numbers compared to men.]

    Finally as a fun extra either get students to choose a trailer or provide one. Watch it silently and then in pairs devise a voiceover for it. Other students choose the best one.

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