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Letters from Proxima Thule


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I'd love to see one of your book trailers. I've been thinking of doing that, too, but have no idea where to start.

Ditto that. I'd love to market my authors' books with trailers, but...where do you even begin?!

The Palimpsest trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWmyamLrMKo

I did all that myself. Just get imovie, start experimenting. Even if you don't realize it you've watched thousands of trailers in your life--you know how they're organized. Watch other book trailers, go and do likewise. It's not really that hard.

A lot of it for me is finding the footage and music and whatnot that's appropriate...I don't know how to go about that! I have plenty of ideas for trailers, it's the capacity to put the shoot together and then set everything to audio that baffles and bewilders me!

Google? Wiki free images? Find indie artists and email them for permission to use songs?

I have some very talented photographer friends, and can do a lot of that myself...I'd just somehow convinced myself that a trailer needed moving images. But your gorgeous trailer had depth and motion using stills...

*shrug* It doesn't, obviously. Look at the number of views on that trailer. But...borrow a smartphone and take some footage? Use vintage footage?

I have a feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of time on Shorpy coming up...!

The Palimpsest trailer I did is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWmyamLrMKo

You start with a camera and imovie--experiment, have fun, just try making something.

That is lovely! Did you have to get rights to music and images? Given the title of this thread, I'm guess yes? Does it cost?

Edited at 2010-08-06 05:36 pm (UTC)

The music is SJ Tucker, who is a friend of mine and has done albums based on my books--easy permission. I got permission from as many of the photographers as I could, some of the images are either old or offered for free online. I tried to keep it all as legal as possible.

Gimme yo mama's email and I'll pass along the message. As for your soul, well... Once it leaves your left ear, I'm afraid there's little we can do for it.

I hope the workshop goes well. It's been suggested I try to do such a thing for my own book (THE FIRFLAKE: A Christmas Story) but I'm so technologically illiterate it isn't funny. Still, I should look into it.

Woah, who would willingly move back to Cleveland?

Mishamish is going to grad school at Case Western.

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