In a World...Where Books Have Trailers
I was encouraged to make a book trailer for my novel, Contenders, but I feel uncertain about book trailers in general. I know I'm the not the first person to say it: if you're interested in a book, you...read the book, right? Regardless, I did some snooping to see what this book trailer thing is all about, and found two great ones. First, this:
Both trailers rock, but they didn't inspire me to read the books. Instead, I picked up Middlemarch to read for the fourth time. But yes, I shot my own trailer, partly because why not, and partly because I got to hit things in it:
If you like it, please share it! Here's the YouTube link.
What I learned about shooting a book trailer:
- It takes exponentially longer than you thought it would. A minute of film time can easily take 5 hours of shooting and editing.
- Bring snacks.
- Don't try to make it like a movie trailer, because you probably won't have enough money to do that very well.
- Hire a friend, someone who owes you money, or a film graduate student.
- Hire someone patient and nice, because you will get annoying and OCD.
- Make sure your filmmaker really knows all that technical video/audio stuff, has access to expensive HD equipment, and knows all that editing software.
- If you're not using a soundtrack, sound quality is a big deal, and requires a bunch of techy stuff (see above).
- Prep the night before the shoot, not the morning of.
- Have a script that you like, and know exactly what you want.
- Then be okay with tossing out what you want, in exchange for something better. Your filmmaker knows more than you do. And if you think s/he doesn't, you are probably being annoying and OCD.
- Have fun with it.
- It's not that big a deal, anyway.
- First caffeine, then alcohol.