Artist Statement: While listening to Position Music’s cover of Gangsta’s Paradise I knew I wanted to make a trailer for Infinity War with it. Whenever I hear a song that I want to use for a trailer I get flashes of images, voiceovers, narrative structure, etc. in my mind. One of the immediate ideas I had was using the Civil War chant at the climax of the song. It wasn’t until I was editing it that I wanted to turn it up a notch higher towards the end. While looking for whatever audio cues I could find for the movie I found the Wakanda chant and then combined it with the Civil War chant. It was too chaotic so I mixed the chants in and out together to make them perfectly balanced…as all things should be. For the beginning of the trailer I wanted it to act as both a retrospective of the MCU and as exposition to set up the Infinity Stones. One of the benefits to this long intro is that it builds tension to when Thanos finally arrives, instead of showing him immediately. Another technique I used to build up to Thanos’s arrival was parallel editing everyone’s reaction to the oncoming invasion. The goal for this trailer was to start out as quiet as possible and gradually increase in loudness, frequency of cutting, and overall intensity.
1. The scene from space at 0:30 actually consists of two shots and a fade between the two occurs at around 0:38. The first shot is from Thor: The Dark World and the second from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
2. I used elastic audio in Pro Tools to make the rhythm of the chants as tight as possible with the music. Almost every syllable of every word was re-synced.