Lynn wanted a tongue-in-cheek approach, and I think we hit the mark.
Here’s the trailer for Monster Night by P.B. Azeltine & M.E. Drewry:
I wanted to get a breathless, young feel to this while keeping a sense of drama or tension.
Both of these were a lot of fun to work on. What’s fascinating to me working on book trailers is the challenge of capturing the voice and feel of a work in an audio/visual format – which often requires some creative use of the text.
In my spare time I make book trailers. Here’s two new ones.
I Was a (M)Ad Man by Richard Gilbert: I’m a big fan of Mad Men, like everyone else in then universe. I also understand it’s fiction and doesn’t really depict the 1960s or even the Ad business accurately. This book by Richard Gilbert, who was actually working on Madison Avenue during that era, does:
Dominus by Christine Fonseca. This one was a lot of fun for different reasons. I like getting into the feel and spirit of a book and coming up with all the elements to give you a feel for it in one minute. It’s a wholly different challenge than actually writing the book. I think I nailed it on this one:
Have I mentioned I have a new novel coming out in about a month? Could have sworn I’d mentioned it, but perhaps I forgot. Here’s a second teaser trailer, because I have time on my hands and rudimentary video editing software:
Well, it’s 2013. How this happened is a mystery. After all, despite the fact that god reached down from the skies and gave me and everyone else on my block the Middle Finger of God (a.k.a Hurricane Sandy), the world did not actually end in 2012 as scheduled, leaving me in a pickle, because I sold everything I owned and told a lot of people to go fuck themselves, because I figured I’d be swept away by a tidal wave of hellfire in December. This did not happen. And I’ve been on the run with John McAfee ever since. May I say this sucks, because John McAfee snorts bath salts and waves his gun around all the time. I don’t think he never sleeps, and he keeps eating my peanut butter, no matter how much I complain.
Dear lord, I apparently need to right my karma, friends. Rarely do I think anything like that, and I guess I could do something like donate a kidney or volunteer at a homeless shelter. Instead, I’m going to give away a book trailer. Not because I am a good person (it is to laugh) but because I really enjoy making book trailers.
Kids, if you didn’t know that I make book trailers, I do. I usually do it for cold, hard American cash – you can see a few examples here. Now, not to brag but some of these trailers have gotten some notice, and one has over 12,000 views as I write this (which is ONE BILLION FEWER VIEWS than Gangnam Style, so fuck me, but anyway).
So, I continue to make book trailers for money. Which is a lot more fun than, say, dancing in taverns for nickels, which I’ve done, or luring touristas into hostels in the jungles of South America, which I’ve also done. Nope, on the scale of squick-to-cool jobs, making book trailers is pretty cool.
This one was interesting for me. The book is told in a complex structure, and the author was very worried about giving too much away. She didn’t want anything too literal. Instead of a straight-ahead narration script, I instead opted to take a poem written by the main character and use that as our trailer script. I think it worked really well.
I love the creepy music I found for this with a passion I can’t explain. The VO script for this one was a bit longer than I usually work with (I usually try to hit about one minute, including intro and outro) but I think in the end it needed to be longer, because this trailer works differently: It wants to give you as much information as possible.
Anyways, they were both fun. And I get to read a lot of great books I might otherwise not get to, and meet (virtually, but still) a lot of interesting authors. Lord knows they don’t want to meet me in person. I might have to put on pants. And also, buy a pair of pants.
“From teaching broadcasting, I know just enough about film editing to appreciate how flexible it is and how hours can vanish while you fiddle with clips. Jeff and I got honest with each other real fast.”
Huzzah! I really enjoy working with Caragh and I definitely, definitely recommend her books, as she’s a fantastic writer.
Well, I been busy, people. Busy writing, busy drinking, busy proving myself innocent in various courts of law. And busy making book trailers. Here’s a few recent ones – I highly recommend buying these books, as I enjoyed reading each of them while figuring out the trailer approach.