Artist Statement: My favorite types of trailers are ones that are considered teaser trailers by today’s standards. All I want to know before seeing a movie is the tone and a vague understanding of characters. My goal for this trailer was to hype John Wick up as some ultimate badass and keep his morals as vague as possible. Michaels Nyqvist’s monologue at the beginning is the best way to tell an audience John Wick is someone you do not mess with. With shots like pulling out a rifle in a church, strangling a woman, and hunting down a man in a club, it’s hard to tell who’s side this character is on. Ian McShane’s dialogue even furthers this idea that this man is venturing back into some shady business. I made sure to leave out both Wick’s wife dying of a terminal illness and the Russian gangster’s killing his puppy. These are shocking events that would best be experienced while viewing the movie for the first time. Not knowing what John Wick’s mission is adds a mystery to his character.
1. The doorbell at 1:02 is a perfect example of how sound can make sense of a cut. Without it, it would seem sudden and random for a policeman to be at the door.
2. John Wicks line at the end was actually from the official trailer version. The way he says the line in the movie didn’t fit as well. The mix was in stereo with music playing on top of it, so I removed it with RX6 Advanced.