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.