The New York Times movie trailer chart provides a telling look at how it is that directors relay the crux of films in just under or over two minutes. The artistic feat is impressive, and the publication has provided some sense of order to the undertaking.
This chart is specifically focused on Silver Linings Playbook. According to the New York Times, the production is aligned with the prototypical trailer as it showcases hidden scenes, a list of the featured actors and scenes that are taken from the film's opening.
Trailer expert Bill Woolery provides background information for the piece. He explains that the clips generally follow the progression of the movie in a sequential order from beginning to end.