Artist Statement: After watching Infinity War I was shocked by how sympathetic of a character Thanos was. While his methods were insane, his reasons came from a place the audience could understand. He’s not just another villain who wants to destroy the world because…evil or whatever. When watching the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer I noticed how Vera Farmiga’s character had a similar methodology; she wants to save the world at the expense of human life. Some people have criticized the original trailer’s music for not fitting with the tone or scope of the movie. I thought it was perfect. When you view the trailer through Dr. Emma Russell’s (Vera Farmiga) perspective, she’s the protagonist. Because of this the music must reflect what she perceives as a positive outlook. It also gives us the opportunity to marvel at these destructive monsters more as beautiful godlike beings. The human race just happens to be an insect under the boot of their path. Thanos is essentially the same. From the perspective of humanity he’s a monster, but to himself he’s a god saving humanity.
1. While I try to make my style trailers exist on their own without the context of the original trailer, I like to occasionally make references to the original; as long as it still fits in the narrative. Examples of this are the intro where the monsters are arriving to the city in a massive storm/Thanos arriving in a cloudlike portal; At 1:01 the destruction of Knowhere looks similar to the destruction of a city in the original trailer; Godzilla’s atomic breath looks similar to Thanos on Vormir; Thanos telling Gamora he’s sorry referenced Dr. Emma Russell telling her daughter she’s sorry after being called a monster. (Dr. Russell and Thanos’s relationship to their daughters seem very similar.)
2. The line at 0:42 was originally “If life is left unchecked life will cease to exist.” This was an issue for me because just after Thanos says “With all six stones I could simply snap my fingers, they would all cease to exist.” That repetition of the same phrase "cease to exist" was irritating so I edited him to say “If life is left unchecked life will face extinction.” However there were two issues I had to solve before I accomplished this. First was the tone of Thanos’s voice was lower for “face extinction” because it was a line from a different part of the movie. To solve this issue I automated pitch shifting to both raise his voice slightly and also follow the natural inflection of how he spoke in the sentence I’m attaching it to. The second issue was the line I took this from was originally “…and when we faced extinction I offered a solution.” With RX6 I removed the “d” of “faced” to make it present tense and not past. Thanos also spoke that line quickly, so by cutting him off right after he says “extinction” and before “I” it was too abrupt. So I simply found another instance when he ended a sentence with the “n” sound and layered it on top of when he said “extinction.”
3. Nailing the sound of wind in the transition to the climactic final section of the trailer was pretty challenging. In the original the waves Godzilla made were so loud while the wind on Vormir wasn’t as intense. I removed the harsh sound of rain and attenuated the fluctuation of waves as best as I could with RX6. I decrescendoed and crescendoed that track accordingly. But to fill what was obviously volume automation on the track from the original trailer I layered wind noise and automated volume for them all separately, so it didn’t feel so static. Finally I took the original Clair de Lune track covered by Imagine Music and during that final chord I added a long tail reverb so the music wouldn’t end so abruptly.
4. I crossfaded between the trailer audio and the original song a few times. Which wouldn’t be an issue except for the glaring differences of the EQ for both versions. So I EQ matched them to each other so the fades between the two versions wouldn’t be noticeable.
5. The drums and hits weren’t as dynamic on the original song compared to the trailer. When I crossfaded to the song I had to add additional drums and hits to give them more impact.
6. I flipped Scarlett Witch at 2:12 to keep the action going left to right.
7. My trailer was trending at #2 in the UK which was really cool! Drake's new song In My Feelings was the only thing in my way of claiming that #1 spot. I'll never forgive him.