Trailer reaction videos are simple. Record yourself reacting to a movie trailer, music video, or even gross internet memes. Anyone can do it. Even I made one. This internet phenomenon reached the cultural zeitgeist recently when the visual effects artists at Industrial Light & Magic recorded themselves reacting to hundreds of fans reacting to their work in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer (including snippets of Geek & Sundry’s own Hector Navarro’s reactions). It was a delightfully Inception-esque glimpse at how creators view fan receptions to their work, highlighting the importance of a shared experience and the way media brings people together. ILM Chief Creative Officer John Knoll said it best at the end of video, “It was really an emotional thing for us to watch. Thank you.”
As creators and fans, we want to move and be moved. Trailer reactions videos are just one aspect of how we celebrate our favorite stories. That’s why when I watched River Point Films’s nostalgic take on trailer reactions using the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, I was instantly endeared. Sporting a VHS sheen, a group of “90s kids” sit anxiously awaiting Steven Spielberg’s upcoming dinosaur epic, just pining for a shot of the T-Rex and jumping up out of their seats at the shot of the Raptor opening the door. I hope they make more of them. Thanks to the site From Director Steven Spielberg for pointing out this video to me. Watch it below:
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Featured Image: Industrial Light & Magic