How a Film Trailer Nearly Crushed My Soul


by Appa the Gypsy

The year was 2008. I was young (sixteen, to be exact), I was approaching my first set of high school examinations, and I was an angsty teenager, meaning that the world was so totally against me.

I thought things couldn’t get any worse (than angsty, I mean). But the universe had one more boot up its sleeve, ready to throw at my face right when I showed signs of fighting back.

And this boot, it did hit me in the face. In the form of a film trailer. This one:

It was the most exciting, most amazing film trailer I’d ever seen. I’d never even considered seeing “The Legend of Zelda” in film form, and it was more the idea of a Zelda movie, than the trailer itself, that made me so happy. Once I’d had the thought, the idea of it, the pure awesomeness of it, burrowed itself deep into my mind, taking over, and for a whole five minutes, I had never wanted to see any movie more than I wanted to see this one (until I discovered Twilight. No. I’m kidding. Really).

But then I found out…

It was a fake trailer.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Now, I have to admit, I didn’t come into contact with this video on April Fools’ Day, when it was released, so the announcement a day later wasn’t what broke my heart into a zillion pieces. One of my friends found the trailer on youtube (you can find anything on youtube), and quickly sent the link to everyone she could think of, myself included. I watched the trailer, and was heartened! Maybe the world didn’t hate me!

But, trust me. It did.

Because there in the miniscule description of the video, hidden behind the “see more” button, was a disclaimer, explaining to the viewers of this video, that the trailer had been an April Fool’s joke, and it wasn’t actually going to be made into a movie. Lolololol.

A powerful hatred built up inside me. But I wouldn’t let it consume me. I wouldn’t be knocked down by this particular boot to the face. I wouldn’t let the universe win. So I burned the boot (read: closed the youtube page) and I made a vow that I would see this movie. “The Legend of Zelda” would be made into a film, and it would make those heartless monsters at IGN cry at the sheer beauty of it. And this thought gave me the strength to carry on.

But soon, the doubts, began to surface. What if it wasn’t any good? What if they ruined it, like Sam ruined the rabbits for Smeagol? What if they did a bad job, and no one liked “The Legend of Zelda” anymore?

Well, that would suck.

But, you know what they say. If you want something done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself. I was going to make that movie. I wasn’t going to just sit around and wait for that movie.

Thus began my first foray into film studies, at the tender age of sixteen, which led me to more film studies, which will hopefully lead me to making that goddamn movie!!

All this decision-making happened over the course of about eight minutes. And that, my friends, is why you don’t let sixteen-year-olds make important life decisions.

Disclaimer: So, I may have already been studying media at the time, but damn if this didn’t make me study media like media had never been studied ever before!