Book Trailer II

Well, the ordeal of producing a book trailer is almost over.  The trailer for “Sea-Change” is essentially finished–complete with background music.  Since the project had to be done “on the cheap,” I had to play all the roles in the project, some of which were not roles where my previous experiences had taken me.  I decided to use  MS Movie Maker mostly because it was available as preinstalled software.  For me, it was a good choice because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time learning the intricacies of complex video software, and I found it easy to use, with enough functionality for my simple production.

The next phase was writing a simple script which featured important key words and phrases, one at a time, to instill a sense of drama and anticipation leading to a brief plot summary, devoid of “spoilers.”  The last key word was “transformation” which I felt needed an animated sequence.  This proved to be the most difficult part.  For about two seconds of animation I had to make thirty frames with the action progressing to a conclusion by the end of the thirtieth frame with an exciting transition to yet another animated sequence displaying the plot summary.

I avoided serious “spoilers” by using text mostly from the back cover of the book.  I’m now in negotiations to obtain permission to use the music I added as background for the 43.77 seconds of action in the trailer.  Waiting to hear.

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About P. W. Fox

P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, born in Mississippi, grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi where he attended high school and college in Mississippi where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas at Dallas. On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where he has lived for the last 22 years. He has always been drawn to fiction writing and won a story writing contest at the age of nine. He began but later abandoned a science fiction novel while an undergraduate at Mississippi State. In recent years he began a more deliberate and sustained writing effort, producing short plays, poems, short stories and meditations as well as lyrics for choral pieces. Current projects include a science fiction novel and a children’s story.
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