Monday, April 27, 2015

On Filming a Book Trailer: SCHOOL OF DEATHS Blog Tour and giveaway!

Like many authors, I decided to create a book trailer.  Book trailers are similar to movie trailers, and help market new books to wider audiences.  I did not simply want photos of my cover or words across the screen.  I am a theatre teacher, and wanted actors.  I hired one of my students, named Montana, to film the trailer, and three of my students agreed to act in it.  I wrote the script assuming the trailer would be about two minutes long.

The four of us met at Montana's house on a Saturday morning.  I felt slightly awkward unloading scythes from my car, especially when we headed to the woods.  We spent 3 1/2 hours filming.  Each shot needed to be recorded multiple times, and while I did my best not to direct, there were a few instances where I did step in.  The boy playing the antagonist for example, could not stop laughing. 

Part of the experience included recording voiceovers. The kids did great, however we needed an adult voice for one of the parts, and we recorded my voice. I am sure I am not alone in saying I hate the sound of my voice. No matter how many times we listened to it played back, or what effects Montana used on it, my voice did not sound right to me. I am sure it will sound fine to others. 

While I work in stage theatre every day, this was one of my first experiences with film.

School of Deaths
Release Date: 05/02/14
270 pages

Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn't an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she's been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting. School of Deaths is now available in both ebook and paperback, and the sequel releases in a month.