I’ve always been a bit scared of doing a book trailer. For one thing I didn’t have a clue how to do one and I’ve also never been sure of whether or not they actually work for writers.
Then a fabulous writer, Cat Connor, sent me hers and that just scared me even more. She went to so much trouble and its basically a proper movie on it’s own. It’s also brilliantly done.
But then I looked at a few other trailers that were a little on the simpler side which got me thinking, “Hey, maybe I can do this.” My mind then started buzzing and today I finally sat down and slapped something together.
The hardest part was finding some decent music, which I found (once again thanks to Cat) here.
So here’s the trailer. Please let me know what you think and if I need to fix anything.
Hope you enjoyed it!
13 thoughts on “Shadows Book Trailer”
First off, congrats, Joan! It’s definitely very creepy and evocative. Three thoughts:
1. Isn’t “loosing” supposed to be “losing”?
2. Is it necessary for you to have the credits roll at the end? Couldn’t you include this info in the Youtube info? It takes up a large proportion of your video. I’d rather see the video end on a stronger note about the book, rather than the production of the video.
3. Can you fade the music out at the end?
I hope this helps!
You see! I keep telling people I can’t spell to save my life.
Thanks will change that asap.
As for the credits….I have to add that bit about the music otherwise I can’t use it.
Can’t fade the music out, or rather don’t know how to.
Thanks so much for all your thoughts!
You know, if you have a mac (or know someone with a mac), GarageBand has unrestricted music loops you can use without credit. You might want to check it out. You can also edit music in it to fade it out/shorten the duration.
Or, if you have to include the credit, I’d make it smaller type, less time. Seems a shame that it’s taking up so much of your video.
Nope, don’t know anybody with a mac. Have made changes to it and am now just waiting for youtube to release it…..
There we go – fixed my terrible spelling ; ) and have shortened the credits. Hope that’s better!
I think it’s a fantastic trailor. Also a great plot question/idea. It definitely has me piqued!
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Joan, I loved the trailer! I’ve also been hesitant to do a trailer but you’ve inspired me to rethink it.
Jane Kennedy Sutton
Hi Joan, the trailer looks great to me (especially for your first attempt). I will send a reply to your request sometime later today 🙂
Great! Thanks! Glad you liked it.
FABULOUS! Gives me goosebumps. Good job.