An idea for the start of a movie trailer for Scott Lynch’s The Republic of Thieves:
Exterior shot of hotel. It’s a calm early morning and not much is going on. We hear coughing and retching.
Switch to interior: Man is lying in bed and puking his lungs out into a bowl. Another, rather large, man attends him. Magically, out of thin air, an older woman appears (go nuts with the special effects here to let the audience know this is a fantasy setting).
Sick man: Come to kill me, mage? Too late; I’m already dying.
Woman: My magic can save you. But you have to do me a favor.
Sick man: Yeah? What?
Woman: You’re the best con man in the world… and I need an election fixed.
BOOM! The audience’s attention is now snagged; the rest of the trailer just has to not mess up.