I’m working with Circle of Seven Productions on a book trailer for Before the Storm. Have you ever seen a book trailer? I thought I’d keep you abreast of the process, which I’m finding intriguing. I can’t wait to see how it turns out
First, of course, I gave the C of S people an idea of what the story was about. The initial plan was to have images with a text overlay, but as the scriptwriter and I emailed our ideas back and forth, I realized that this particular trailer should have a narrator — and not just a faceless narrator. I want Andy, my fifteen-year-old special needs hero, to tell this summary of the story. The scriptwriter and I came up with a very short script that would capture not only the flavor of the story but a bit of Andy’s unique voice as well.
Next came the auditions! These arrived via my computer while I was at the beach, so I listened to them in my car (you may recall we had some Internet issues at the beach. . . ). Fifteen terrific young actors read for Andy’s voiceover and it was very hard winnowing them down. I finally selected a teenager who sounds very much like I imagine Andy to sound, and I’m confident he’ll do a great job.
That’s where we’re at. Tomorrow, the actor will do several different readings of the script, so I can pick the one that feels right. Then the producer will put together an edit of the video with images, music and voiceover, and I’ll let her know what’s working for me and what’s not, and we’ll move forward from there. It will be short–about a minute. When it’s completed, you’ll be able to see it on my website as well as on numerous sites on the Internet. And taking distribution one step further, it will be shown on buses in five major cities as well!
I hope someday soon I’ll have time to write again. . .