Earlier this week I was asked by Lee Christine if I’d be interested in hosting the big reveal of her new book trailer for In Safe Keeping. As a huge fan of this series and Lee’s writing, I couldn’t agree to be part of it quick enough. Below Lee answers some questions about the trailer and its production process.
Hey Lee, thanks so much for stopping by The Never Ending Bookshelf and for asking me to be involved in your big Book Trailer Reveal. It looks fantastic by the way and I can’t wait to read the book even more now!
Thank you for having me on your blog and revealing my trailer!!
Can you tell us a bit about your book trailer and how it came about?
I really enjoyed doing a trailer for my previous title ‘In Safe Arms’ and decided to do one for this release as well. Doing a trailer is fun. It’s very visual and it adds interest to a website and Facebook page. Also, my son is a composer, so I knew I had the music in the bag and for free! Even better.
What a talented family you have there. What was it like working with your son on the trailer?
It was amazing. The whole thing was a long distance, collaborative effort. A friend of a good friend, The very talented Rhiannon Folpp, did the video images for me. Rhiannon’s in Sydney and I’m in Newcastle so I sent her the first three chapters and my Pinterest board so she had an idea of what the story was about. She then sent me lots of video cuts and I chose the ones I liked. Then she put the video together and I wrote the text for it.
After that was done, the video went to Adam in Los Angeles. He composed the music for it. He’s been working on TV series and film trailers so I knew I could put my trust in him.
What is the process of making a book trailer like? Do you hire a production company or do you use free source images and clips?
No I didn’t use a production company. Rhiannon is actually a graphic designer who has just started her own business, so she did it all from home. There are free images available from a variety of sources on the internet. I think Rhiannon sourced most of mine from Shutterstock.
Was it hard to break the complete story down to those few bare bones to get the message across? And was it difficult to transition your story from the written form to the visual?
It was difficult. Most writers have nightmares over writing a three page synopsis of their book, so to break it down to a series of ten phrases is difficult, a bit like writing a log line or doing an elevator pitch. I’m a believer in less is best. Too much text interferes with the visual, and then the music should compliment everything and set the mood. I think Adam really captured the feeling of suspense, especially the bomb drop. I loved that sound effect.
Can you recall how you felt seeing the finished product back the first time? What was it like being able to see your vision come to life?
Well, I always get teary when I see any of Adam’s work, so to see my book come to life through Rhiannon’s video work and Adam’s composition-it gave me good chills. I am incredibly proud, and I think, making this trailer captures where we are in our lives right now. This will be wonderful to look back on. It’s been a very personal project for me.
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