Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Film Promotion Gets Diversified

Nowadays, promotional process of the commercial movie works become essential, especially due to the fierce competitions in film market. All film makers want audiences discover and be appealed to their works. Thus, promotion diversity comes.

Traditional Method:

#1 Press Release

Many film production firms and distributors send pitches to film editors among various target media to post their press about new works. However, this traditional tool needs following promotional methods to offer newsworthy resources.
Movie News Page at IMDb.com

#2 Video Release

It is traditional to edit series of trailers showing through theaters, televisions and website to attract all kinds of audiences.
DreamWorks TV official channel at YouTube.com responsible for releasing film preview videos

#3 Press Conference

Prior to getting shown, many films tend to hold many kinds of press conference to make news and attract eyes. Some of them even hold first-showing conference to some reporters and film critics to create deep discussions among audiences.
Chinese movie "Golden Era" held its press conference in Nanjing.

Creative Method:


This refers to present films’ names very clearly and directly to the public.

#1 Advertising

Films now start to make posters covering every corner of its target market country, even in a place originally impossible for advertising.
Chinese movie "Gone With The Bullet" makes advertisement in fields using grass to spell film's name and releasing date.
WORDS AS SHOWN "3D Great Movie: Gone With The Bullet, December 18, Jiang Wen"

"Gone With Bullet" Creative Field Advertisement Video, CLICK HERE

#2 Re-Sponsorship

Previously, films need investments to support its making. Thus there are many brands inserting in some films. But for now, films themselves can sponsor other project and make marketing amazing.
"Gone With The Bullet" also cooperates with China Open tennis game releasing its own postcard-like memorial tickets  and setting a visiting room with its posters and stage photos on the wall.
WORDS AS SHOWN "Just One Step Between You And China Open"


This refers to “hide” films’ brands behind a well-designed campaign.

#1 TV Show

The combination of popular TV programs and new films is an efficient way to direct audiences to theaters. People who love to watch TV will receive the info that a new film is coming soon. And they also could identify which directors and actors mainly create this work because many creative staff will attend the TV shows.
The famous actors in Chinese new film "Breakup Buddies" attended Chinese popular TV show "The Voice of China".

#2 Spot Event

Films begin to walk along the street to attract people’s eyes. The events are creative, novel and excellent enough.
Several muscle men were dressed up as Sparta warriors in London promoting the DVD releasing of "300: Rise of an Empire".

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PR Comes In Film

ON Stage

Recently, the famous tennis player Li Na announced her retirement via Weibo. On September 22, the official Weibo from ChinaOpen updated a piece of photo saying “Jiang Wen’s Wish : Li Na, Good Luck ! Photographer: Jiang Yi Lang”. In the photo, Jiang Wen post his gesture “LI” to send his wish.

OFF Stage

1.     Right Content

As a Chinese pride, Li Na’s retirement appeals to most of people, including some celebrities. This is surely a hot issue that triggers much discussion. Jiang Wen and his family are fond of Li Na so there is no strange that he follows up this trend and send positive thinking.

PR Code: Right Content comes from hot trends and your own experience at the right standing.

2.     Right Time

Jiang Wen, in fact, is involved in the promotion process of his new film “Gone With The Bullet” to be shown on Dec 18 across Chinese mainland. During this period, each of his action will be related to his film, and also influence the audiences’ thought about watching his film.

PR Code: Right Time is during the best period to deal with campaigns.

3.     Right Way

Jiang Wen uses a creative picture to convey his thinking, rather than a literal paragraph. People prefer visualized pictures due to their vividness and frankness. In addition, the photographer Jiang Yi Lang, Jiang Wen’s daughter, also attracts more attention.

PR Code: Right Way depends on what form you use to convey the idea.

4.     Right Medium

Unlike other celebrities who deliver their feeling about Li Na’s retirement via personal accounts, ChinaOpen official account is the medium that post Jiang Wen’s wish. The third party, or an official one, creates Jiang Wen’s credibility and extends his popularity from among his own fans to among tennis enthusiasts, even to a worldwide level. 

PR Code: Right Medium can enlarge your spreading scales.

5.     Right Goal

Jiang Wen’s goal, at least at present, is to gain more box office of his film “Gone With The Bullet”. The action like this not only delivers his own wish but also serves as a promotion tool of his film. Some web friends have stated that they would go to watch his film because he conveyed his cherish of Li Na. Apparently, this is what he wants.

PR Code: Right Goal is a result of the right usage of Content, Time, Way and Medium

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MARVEL Families Get All Together

 “Guardians of the Galaxy”, which got shown across North America on Aug 1, recently started its promotional actions in China. This great comic work is going to hit Chinese film market on Oct 10.

Two days ago, a promotion trailer attracted my eyes. In this video, Marvel reviews each classic comic hero itself creates by editing them together logically and preview the stories of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Age of Ultra”, two Marvel’s new works, in the end. This video, by means of its fluent and smart clips, triggers audiences’ interests on watching “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, more importantly, earns a great reputation for Marvel.

Screenshot from Marvel video of "Guardians of the Galaxy" : Prior Works from Marvel

In recent years, the amount of films is growing at an exponential speed, thus besides the creating process, how to promote the film afterwards is also essential to the creators and the production firm. As films gradually become a kind of commercial goods, their production teams have to better understand their target market and existing resources to think up with an amazing way to appeal to most of audiences. Only in this method can they gain the maximum of box office.

There are many approaches of advertising a film. Among them road events, press conferences and spot shows are all good choices. However, the trailer of “Guardians of the Galaxy” drags me back to think about the most traditional but also innovative way, the videos. Videos act as the most useful promotion tool because of, in my opinion, their three characters –

1.     VISUAL:
Videos are so special because they can make some visual effects that shock audiences. Compared with boring literal texts, people tend to watch visualized videos because scenes and stories are much more vivid and appealing.

2.     SHORT:
Videos used to publicize a film are always short, often no more than 5 minutes. They convey a very concise message easily understood by all audiences, thus they could be shared and spread very easily. Although one video cannot tell every thing about the film, there is always a set of videos making up an entire promotional chain. Videos could be divided into Featurette, Trailer, TV Spot and Interview for different purposes.

Actually, different kinds of videos should be post on different platforms. However, they together advertise a film from every aspect of daily life. Featurettes on theater screens, trailers on film websites and TV Spot on TVs all effectively deliver that a specific film is coming soon. Additionally, in this era of web 2.0, all these episodes could be shared on social media, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  

Marvel Entertainment YouTube Site: Various Videos of "Guardians of the Galaxy"

But what does this Marvel’s video draws my attention? This video released two days ago is different from other trailers I have ever seen. Other videos just focus on one film while this one combines all Marvel works. Through the creative and interesting video edits, this new video not only advertises “Guardians of the Galaxy” but also promotes the production company, Marvel Entertainment. In addition, because this video includes all Marvel heroes, the fans of “Iron Man”, ”The Thor”, “Captain American” and ”Avengers” all become its target audiences, which makes the spread scale even larger. This video is also special at ending with a seamless join of a scene from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and one from “Avengers: Age of Ultra”. The dialogue “Avengers are coming back” foreshows the “Avengers 2” being coming next year.

Marvel Video of "Guardians of the Galaxy" from Mtime

Another important thing involved in the promotional chain is to issue press releases matched with these videos. I got the idea of this video from a report post on Mtime, a film industry website. So if you want to make publicity of a new film, one thing is to make an excellent video, and the other is to report your video to create a hot discussion among audiences.

Mtime Report about This Video, but in Chinese 


Saturday, September 6, 2014


As a new coming New Yorker, I have lots of interesting things to do.
As a new coming PR student, I have lots of knowledge to learn.
These two identities make me crazy but satisfied.