The idea of a book trailer is fairly new to me. In fact it was only since getting close to publishing that I discovered that such things exist. Of course I've seen trailers on TV for programmes and at the cinema for films. They are such a clever device and, if done right, can bring people you didn't even expect to attract closer to the product you'll eventually produce.
Film trailers are so elaborate, they would be, there's lots of money thrown at them, so they should be all singing and all dancing. But they are a great medium for giving you a real sense of the subject, a taste of what to expect but they certainly don't give everything away. You have to see the film for that!
So, my challenge is - can I pull this book trailer thing off. As I said before, I've seen a few book trailers now and whilst most are obviously done on a budget, there is something to be said for the simple approach.
Here's one I watched today - I don't expect to aspire to this but there is a lot to be learned from it.
It is the book trailer for 'Stanley Kubrick and Me' by Emilio D'Alessandro and it really gave me food for thought.
It is simple, creates atmosphere and intrigue all at the same time. A person opening a box full of memories, griping music and a shot of the author. Brilliant.
As I say, I don't expect mine to be that good. I've done a story board for my trailer and plan to shoot it over the next couple of weeks. I'm on a budget of nothing so need to call in some favours! But please ome back and see how I get on.
If you have any tips or stories behind the making your trailer, I'd love to hear them.