Today, Elizabeth Arroyo guests on the blog with a post on how she created the trailer for her new book, The Second Sign, which is now available to purchase from Amazon, B&N and all good online bookshops.
There's also a giveaway for a free book on Rafflecopter.
Thanks for hosting me Martin!
I want to talk a bit about book trailers. As someone who loves watching the making of movies and trailers, I jumped at the chance to make my book trailer.
Book trailers are great because they help you reach a different audience. Remember book trailers are a visual representation of your book. Like your query, it should lead the viewer to action--to want more. You can use still photos/images, live action, and even animation for your book trailer.
Here's how I did mine.
- I started with the storyboard. How do you want viewers to feel and what's the overall tone you want to show in the video? It's best to know exactly what you want before you begin filming, or looking for images. Match the visuals with scenes in the book. Remember, like a movie trailer, it doesn't have to be linear.
- Look at the storyboard and match it with your resources. Can you find a visual, or can you recreate that specific scene? I knew I wanted a live-action book trailer, but knew my limitations. I didn't have the resource to hire a professional film crew. What I had was my niece, who has acted in front of the camera before. I had a video camera, location, editing software, and the motivation to do it.
- How to film. Being a novice at filming, I learned filming tips and tricks online. Here are two techniques I used during filming. It was hilarious, but it worked.
- http://vimeo.com/12263247 - Running in the woods
- http://youtu.be/YftHlWSaWSU - Running in place
- I also purchased some stills of images I was unable to reproduce.
- Film Editing--putting it all together. I watched a lot of book and movie trailers. A lot! I studied those I liked, paying attention to transition time, fade effects, fonts, special effects...everything. Then I started putting the storyboard together on the software.
- Writing the synopsis. The book trailer is more of a visual representation, moving the viewer through visuals and music. You don't have to rewrite the back of the book synopsis. Just give the viewer a taste that'll make them want more.
- Sound editing. This is the last thing I added. Though I had music playing in the background while doing the film edits, I wasn't able to use it due to copyright laws. But I used it as inspiration and it gave me a starting point for the type of music I wanted. Sound made a huge difference and adds the spark to a trailer.
Elizabeth has worked in the community for the bulk of her professional career. She enjoys quiet moments, action flicks, and dancing with her four-year-old. THE SECOND SIGN is her debut novel. You can find more information about Elizabeth at:
Watch the trailer at http://youtube/omcmt6q8PIw
THE SECOND SIGN
Dark YA Paranormal Romance
Sapphire Star Publishing
Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.
When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.
As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.
With that I bid you adieu and hope you'll purchase Elizabeth's book. Remember, I'll be watching you.