There is just a little over six months to go before Ghost In The Shell comes to theaters and Paramount has just released the first footage of the film. This footage comes to us in the form of five different 10-second teasers. They were strange, a bit jarring, and left us with far more questions than answers. That is, of course, what a teaser is supposed to do — pique our interest in something. They were indeed interesting, but were very short and didn't really give us a great idea as to what the tone of the movie will be. Not that the material wasn't there, it just wasn't presented to us in the right way.
Answering The Call
One YouTube creator decided to take the glimpses of this new world and make them into something else — something better, something we recognize. The tip of the cap goes to Tim Gonzales, the man who made this trailer. Check it out below:
In this version we see all of the same footage of the five teasers. We still see Scarlett Johansson still not being Asian. There is still the iconic imagery from the source material. The only difference being that Gonzales actually gave us an actual flavor of what this movie could be. With a little bit of editing these teasers went from "OK, that was weird," to "That looks amazing!
Mixing The Old And The New
Sense memory can be strong when it comes to music. Much like when you hear John Williams's score in Jurassic Park or Star Wars, you are automatically immersed in that universe. Fans automatically respond to this and it helps make this unfamiliar live action retelling that much more familiar. The use of Kenji Kawai's song "Making Of Cyborg" from the original 1995 Ghost in The Shell film helps draw you into a world. It creates some texture in an otherwise bland landscape.
The visuals in the teasers try to invoke that sense of familiarity, but amidst all the controversy with the casting of the film, fans need be enticed a little bit more to jump on board. Sometimes less is more, this is true, but there are always those other times. For instance, when the major fan-base is already doubting your project from the start.
Tim Gonzales also uses familiar visuals from the iconic opening of the 1995 film to paint an image of a world in which man and android exist together. Little cuts using the computer code instead of cutting to black make it have a bit more substance. In case you haven't seen the intro for the Ghost in the Shell (1995) check it out below. Gonzales connected the tissue for his video using this as his template. He did a great job of capturing the the essence of GITS.
One amazing thing that has to be noted is that people have been overwhelmingly positive when commenting on this video. "Is it the end of the world?" you might ask. People on YouTube are leaving positive comments? The answer to that is, hell yeah they are! It is wonderfully done and captures the spirit of something the fans loved while still being something brand new. Who would have thought it could be done? (probably J.J. Abrams)
That's a wrap, folks. As always, remember to tip your waitress and go see Ghost In The Shell when it comes to a theater somewhere in the universe (hopefully near you) on March 31, 2017.
If you want to read a great breakdown of the footage in the original teaser trailers, be sure to check out:
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