Artist Statement: The trailer for Mother! was by far my favorite in 2017. I loved how the music calmly began, but then slowly crescendoed into pure madness. Using these beats, I restructured footage from existing trailers of IT to match this pacing. To me horror movies are most successful when you see the lives of likable or relatable characters before everything goes wrong. If you didn’t know this was a trailer for IT, you’d think the first 15 seconds was a movie about summer and the enjoyment of being a kid hanging out with your friends. Because you’re logged into that false sense of security the horror that comes later is even more effective. One moment in this trailer I’m proud of is subverting expectations of seeing Pennywise in the sewer drain. You’re expecting something to appear from the darkness, so when something doesn’t you’re left wandering what’s down there. Also, it’s still only the first 20 seconds of the trailer, so having a jump scare that early immediately loses the tension I’m wanting to build.
1. The 5.1 mix released from Mother! had dialogue in the LR channels and even the LsRs channels. I had to do a lot of music editing and mixing to hide any traces of dialogue. Way too much to summarize in a paragraph.
2. Without RX6 Advanced this trailer would not have been possible. The isolated center channel of dialogue in the beginning was filled with crickets, but I was able to completely remove it from the dialogue with as little degradation in quality as possible.
3. Background sounds were added at the beginning. It’s something you don’t consciously notice, but without it feels like something is missing. Sometimes you need to add a subtle amount of noise to music so it doesn’t sound too clean.
4. I recorded myself turning a page at 0:30.
5. I added a subtle slow zoom to Pennywise at 0:41. The static framing didn’t quite match with the music.
6. Bill’s gasp at 0:48 was actually from a different part in the officially released trailer when he finds Georgie in the basement.
7. RX6 was used again to get rid of the sound of a light bulb breaking in the music from the original Mother! trailer at 1:13.
8. Beverly’s dialogue at 1:29 was from a stereo mix that had music playing over it. RX6 was able to remove the side bands and then isolate the dialogue.
9. The lines “Kill them all” is actually a mixture of two separate readings of the same line. In the stereo mix for the TV spot I took this from, music and effects were playing during. This affected the beginning of one take and the end of the other. I combined the best parts of the two lines.
10. I isolated the clicks of a slide projector and increased the frequency of the clicks in conjunction to the intensity of the music.