Film Advertising Key Terms
Terms for use in film advertisingFilm advertising has always been a viable option for some companies. The desirability of ads in movies goes through trends, as compared with television, radio and newspaper advertising options. But some elements of film advertising make it an especially good choice for some businesses. Learning about some of the terms in film advertising helps a business evaluate whether it needs this kind of option for reaching its audience.
RollingstockThe kind of ads known as "rollingstock" are actually spliced to the beginning of the film reel to run before the previews.
Digital preshowAnother kind of film advertising is called "digital preshow"-this kind of advertising is more in a "social" format, with "segments" that appeal to the attention of the viewer with an educational or current events slant. Digital preshow is a way of making ads more interactive and integrating them into the "show experience."
Product placementAnother way of advertising is integrated completely into the film: Product placement is when a company gets its products on the screen during the actual movie.
Static adsStatic ads, or "slides," run at various points of the preshow process, but as still (and often silent) images. Viewers tend to see static slides at the very beginning, as they are waiting for the reel or digital previews to begin.
Lobby adsLobby ads and promotional programs focus on putting messages beyond the screen: where the viewers come in to the theater. Lobby advertising is often combined with a bigger campaign to reach consumers throughout the film experience where screen ads alone may not be enough.
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