Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Maiden Seer by Tracy Ann Miller - Book Trailer, enhanced



After I made the book trailer for The Maiden Seer, I went on to make one for Loveweaver, which I felt was more well developed.  Since I had a few weeks left on my paid month of Animoto, I decided to create another book trailer for The Maiden Seer.

Using the same format of still slides, I added addition images to further tell the basics of the story. The main thing I wanted to ramp up was the music. After a good deal of searching through websites that ask hundreds of dollars to license a song, I found Melodyloops. $12?! There I also found the perfect score by Jon Wright for my book trailer.

I fully own the fact that the music is dramatic, but the build was what I was after. And because the beats are per second, it made it easier to sync the music to my slides.

I begin and end with my book cover, keep to one font (except for my book title), and don't make you read too much. It's a minute and a half, which is on the long side, but that was to utilize the score.

See for yourself:









  

Friday, December 9, 2016

Startup CEO by Matt Blumberg - Book Trailer

I make no comments or opinions about the book since I have not read it. What I write is about the trailer only.

For a prime example of how a book trailer should be done watch the trailer for the book Startup CEO by Matt Blumberg.

In a clean, but approachable gray scale color palette with punctuations of red, the slides come and go at a swift, effective pace. The theme of silhouetted graphics and line art is consistent and restrained which projects a professionalism that we will expect to find in the book and its knowledge.

I'm even okay with the voice over, something I normally dislike in book trailers. It lends a human touch where just captions might be too cold, or overly dramatic, or require the trailer to move more slowly. Brad Feld (I hope I got that right) speaks just quickly enough, getting the message across without hyperbole.

We get a lot of info in just over a minute.

Book trailer creators take note.





Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks - Book Trailer

 Buy Loveweaver

Buy The Maiden Seer


I make no comments or opinions about the book since I have not read it. What I write is about the trailer only.

This book trailer for the book Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks shows a much more restrained effort from Fresh Ink Group than what I saw in my previous post.

They've apparently got a wide range of special effects, design options and talent at their disposal. But the secret to a successful book trailer is to decide on a theme -a vibe - and stick with it throughout.

With the Jazz Baby trailer they do that. The newspaper on screen with bold headlines and with photos alive with black and white video clips is very clever. It really sets up the story question, and a clear idea of time and place.  The jazzy score is kinda perfect.

Well done.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fantasy Patch by Steven Geez - Book Trailer

I make no comments or opinions about the book since I have not read it. What I write is about the trailer only.

The book trailer for Fantasy Patch by Steven Geez is the silliest thing I've seen in a long time. I think it may actually be a joke. Maybe a satire of book trailers?

This thing is all over the place with no theme, countless unrelated images, video clips, goofy special effects, varied fonts, and the dreaded voice-over. Adding so many elements is distracting, rendering this trailer as comical and ineffective.

I still don't know what the book is about, but I did get a good laugh. That is what they were going for, right?


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fresh Ink Group - Book Trailer - um, sort of

This trailer is not for a book, it's for a book promoter/publisher.  But I liked it a lot so am including it.
I'm usually not a big fan of lots of special effects, but here they chose a theme and stuck with it. Consistency adds clarity. 

Dynamic and exciting, this trailer was enough to compel me go to their website to see what they're all about.
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Below the Beltway by Taylor Marsh - Book Trailer

I make no comments or opinions about the book since I have not read it. What I write is about the trailer only.

The video for Taylor Marsh's Below the Beltway is a tidy, near perfect book trailer. Although I don't care for the typeface chosen here, and the font size should have been more consistent, the trailer is put together simply and effectively: The book cover appears at the beginning and end, and the captions introduce the characters, the setting, and the conflict/story question.

The images show us time and place, and the musical score has a seductive vibe. All in about one minute.

Nicely done.




Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happily Never After: As it is Written by T L Jones - Book Trailer

I make no comments or opinions about the book since I have not read it. What I write is about the trailer only.

Wow. This book trailer for Happily Never After: As it is Written by TL James is fine for an overly-produced video with a pounding, dramatic score. But what the heck is the book about?

The whole point of a book trailer is to pique interest, to compel the audience to go buy the book. In this case, there's no story question, no indication of who the characters are.

Ah. Perhaps it's all done in fun. It's supposed to be silly. Kind of a parody. I get it now.