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Back in September, the YouTube Channel Honest Trailers did an 'honest trailer' for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I didn't know about it because I never really know about anything until it appears on my Tumblr dash (yes, I have a Tumblr account! Come be my friend!), but I saw the fake trailer and read the nifty Daily Dot article that went with it.



The nifty part is how the Russo bros are not only fans of Honest Trailers, but specifically made sure the movie wouldn't have any plot holes for Screen Junkies (who run the channel) to make fun of. Now, HT found a couple anyway, because that's what they do. But mostly, because of the Russo's diligence and paying attention to their own goddamn script, the parody actually praises the film.

For comparison, Age of Ultron didn't come off nearly so well, though the Screen Junkies were admittedly sympathetic with all the different threads Joss Whedon had been forced to pull on when he made it.

The thing is, though, why don't more producers and directors (and studios, for that matter, since they all ostensibly work together) do this? Making sure your film doesn't have enough plot holes to give a parody channel much to work with seems like a no-brainer. Hell, I try like hell to avoid plot holes whenever I write anything, and I'd love to be famous enough for my work to be parodied to thousands of viewers.

Well, okay, maybe not. But the point is that one of the big things I worry about with my own plots is what I call 'internal logic', which is just making sure that all the elements in the story make sense. I know that some films have that harder than others, especially when, say, setting up three different future plots at the same time the way AoU had to (Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, though I still could've done with less Hulk fighting Iron Man and more justification for his out of the blue relationship with Black Widow).

But that's Age of Ultron. I don't think, for example, that Green Lantern necessarily had that issue. But it's internal logic was so poor, it ended up with a lot of other issues.



A lot of other issues.

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1/12/15 23:56 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] brumeier.livejournal.com
OMG, I've never seen Honest Trailers before! Been laughing my butt off. ::giggles::

They're spot on here, for reals. Ultron was a messy mess. I can only hope that Civil War brings the same awesome as Winter Soldier. I mean, I already love it for all the Bucky in the trailer. ::grins::

Thanks for sharing these!

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6/1/16 21:56 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com
My pleasure! I'm going to assume that the Russo's will do as good a job with the next movie as they did with WS. :D I'm glad to introduce you to something that made you laugh. :D

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2/12/15 02:16 (UTC)
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Honest Trailers is so much fun to watch. I liked that the Russo brothers put some effort into the Winter Soldier to make sure it didn't have glaring plot holes.

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6/1/16 21:57 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com
They're a lot of fun. I had to be careful not to get sucked in and just watch honest trailers for hours... I have faith that the Russos have put the same effort into Civil War too. :D

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2/12/15 05:19 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] green-grrl.livejournal.com
I remember that article! And being so grateful that the Russos put so much work into fixing all the plot holes. I feel like SO MANY movies/TV shows need an external beta reader or three.

Another movie that impressed me that way was the original Bourne Identity. I saw it four times in the theater and was amazed by the way it flowed absolutely logically. You could see the setup for everything that happened when you knew to look. I read an article that said that there were numerous rewrites and reshoots—a very chaotic process. It's impossible to believe, because the movie is airtight.

Fingers crossed for Civil War...

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6/1/16 22:00 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com
Fingers most definitely crossed for Civil War!

It means a lot when it feels like the creators tried with their works, eh? Like they give a damn about the audience and not just money.

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