Great Train Robbery (1903): The Trailer
Hi folks, and welcome to my contribution to the Classic Movie Blog Association’s “Plains, Trains, and Automobiles” blogathon. I’m a little excited about this one, because I made a movie! Well, kind of. What I made was a new, high-powered trailer for the very old movie “The Great Train Robbery.” My idea is that this will be the kind of action-trailer that would actually get an audience that “doesn’t like old movies” excited to see one of the blockbusters of the past. I tried to do it exactly in the style of a big-budget action movie trailer. Did I succeed? Scroll down and judge for yourselves.
A word about copyright: I own this trailer, although of course the movie “The Great Train Robbery” is in public domain (as are all other films I used for clips) and people can do whatever they want with it. The music is originally from “Russian Sailor’s Dance” by Gliere, arrangement and foley by Toby Chappell. I fully encourage you to share this on your blog, twitter, facebook, whatever (let’s see it go viral), but please link back to the Century Film Project if you share it.
Great! You certainly got the feel of an action movie trailer, and it was great fun to watch
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Hahaha this is great! Love it. Very nice job Pope.
I also have the habit of making trailers for random silent films, although I’ve never posted them.
Thank you This one came to me in kind of an urgent flash, that I needed to make it. I’m glad it works for others as well. I’d be fascinated to see yours as well, someday.
I wonder if I kept any … I’ll have a look sometime. They were the video equivalent of sketches really. Anyway, yours is fab!
What a fun idea! Love it!
Thank you! I had fun with it.
Hi. I’m a classic film blogger and quite often hold blogathons. I’m hosting another one next year and would like to invite you to participate. The link is below with more details
Hi Crystal. Thanks for your comment and invite. I often find it hard to join blogathons, because of the focus of this blog. Barbara was only nine years old in 1916, and not yet in movies so I doubt I could find enough material on her life of a century ago to make it work. Keep me in mind if you do anything that works better for early film!
I actually have a silent cinema blogathon running this weekend if you wanted to join? No problems about the Barbara one though.
That actually looks like a pretty good blogathon. I won’t have time to make a “special” post for it, but if you’re willing to count it, I’ll call my review of “The Red Codebook” (episode 3 of “Les Vampires”) my contribution to the blogathon and link to your site. It should go up tomorrow.
That’s not a problem. I would be more than happy to include that as your entry. Thanks
What a great idea! Loved it!
Thank you! I had a great time doing it.
Love it – and will tweet it! Great job from start to finish!
Thank you! I’m happy if people get to see it!
That was brilliant! So good!
I enjoyed this so much, I watched it three times in a row.
I LOVED how you put “Coming to a Nickelodeon Near You”. Brilliant.
Thank you so much! I’m glad someone appreciated it.
Awesome, Michael! Bravo to adding your own special touch to our blogathon! Loved it.
Thank you very much! This idea came to me in a dream shortly before the blogathon theme was announced, and I thought…well, why not?
Applause. Applause. Whistles. Stamping of Feet. Encore!
Thank you so much!