There's something fantastic going on at the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia this week. According to Variety, directors at Sitges are debuting previews for nonexistent movies. The faux trailers are part of a competition that launched last month at Teaserland.com. Would-be directors have entered the race, as have more seasoned pros who've submitted trailers for sequels of some of their previous movies. The previous movies exist; the sequels don't.
Some movies include fake trailers as part of the show (see Tropic Thunder for one) but this is an idea that needs to catch on at more film festivals and competitions. It needs to catch on in the filmmaking industry in general. How many times have you been to see a movie and later left the theater feeling like the best part of the experience was the string of trailers sandwiched between the cartoon cat telling you to turn off your cell phone and the opening credits?
Think of all the romantic comedies and feel-good movies that already give away the entire plot of the story in their trailers. You already know what the answer is anytime the voice-over guy asks, "Will so-and-so learn to love again?" Why waste the time and money and numb your butt muscles sitting through an actual movie to reach the inevitable conclusion? Think of all the character-thin disaster or action movies that could benefit from being condensed down to a few spectacular explosions, a rocking theme song, and a cocky-but-well-meaning hero throwing out a catch phrase or two. Hell, Nicolas Cage's career would consist almost entirely of three-minute montages.
If you're one of those would-be directors, you have until the end of the year to submit your entry. Go on. Do it for the good of impatient movie-goers everywhere.