ByGuy Pilla, writer at

I'm not sure why Hollywood has become so obsessed with showing the audience the whole film before it's released. This is becoming a problem. Even co-workers of mine who aren't into movies notice this, and it makes them very upset. I believe Hollywood likes to "tell," not "show" the audience anymore because we've become attached to blockbusters with explosions, CGI and violence galore. It's a shame Hollywood can crank out an average movie with those qualities and gross a billion dollars at the box office these days.

When the first Jurassic Park trailer was came out in 1993, guess how many times we saw the T-Rex? Once. And it was only his reflection in the window. In the Alien trailer in 1979 want to know how many times we saw the Xenomorph? Zero. Zip. None. It was the unknown suspense, and fear that drove the audience to want to go see these movies. Believe it or not, some of us are still intelligent and like to uncover the plots of films for ourselves.

The first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just 90 seconds and only showed us a few images. Some people were outraged that they were not shown enough footage. At the time the movie was thirteen months away from release. Man, folks are impatient. The second trailer dropped in April and hardcore "Star Wars" fans know it's the greatest trailer ever created. And guess what? It tells the audience nothing about the plot. It shows the new lead characters, and gets the audience choked up by revealing Han and Chewbacca at the end. It really did feel like home. Show through imagery, don't "tell" us by waving every bit of information across the screen. Jurassic World did exactly that. I walked in and thought I already saw the movie as I was watching it.

When Lucasfilm and Disney eventually release a full trailer, I don't want them to reveal the plot. Yes, they can show us Luke for three seconds without the fans getting pissed. And no, we won't be pissed if they don't show him; because some fans like the mystery of where Skywalker is. All I want to learn from this trailer is who these characters are by their interactions, allowing us to understand their personality and inner conflict. They should not "tell" or "show" the audience what the characters want and how they are going to achieve their goals. They should not show the lightsaber fight. Or better yet, keep the new Empire a secret. Some secrets are better left unsaid. Let us figure out the story of this movie on December 18th 2015. It says "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." It wasn't too long ago when we (the audience) were taken by surprise by these two minute teases called "trailers."


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