Posts Tagged With: trailer

New Audiobook!

The Silver Collar

ACX.com now has the audiobook for The Silver Collar under review! In just a few days, you can purchase and hear Sherill Turner‘s fantastic reading of my tale. Keep an eye out because you know I will post just as soon as you can get it.

In celebration, I’ve created a video trailer for The Silver Collar. I hope you like it!

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New Release and Review: March by Sunni Overend

March

by Sunni Overend

Genre: Contemporary, Women

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/march-by-sunni-overend/

Synopsis:

A creative wunderkind who once topped the country’s most prestigious fashion school, Apple March is now languishing behind a retail counter. When fate shifts and her imaginative passion is reawakened, so too is the threat of a past secret.
From the cool heart of Melbourne to Paris and New York, in a vibrant world of Pimms and croquet, crocodile boots and cocoon coats, Apple seeks the thrill of creative freedom and the one man worth sharing it with.
A page-turning debut novel written with fun, stylish wit, March is too satisfying to miss.

Buy on Amazon

Book extract: http://www.sunnioverend.com/files/extract.pdf

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17973433-march

Trailer:

 

March by Sunni Overend – Book Trailer from Sunni Overend on Vimeo.

About the Author:

Sunni Overend grew up in Victorian wine country, studied design at RMIT University and opened her own designer clothing store. While running her store, Sunni gave in to her love for stories and her first novel, March, came to life. She currently lives in Melbourne with her architect husband, where she writes, grows flowers on her balcony and pretends she’s too busy and important to browse recipes, dog breeds, cashmere and country houses online.

Meet the Author – Sunni Overend from Sunni Overend on Vimeo.

www.sunnioverend.com

http://www.amazon.com/March-Sunni-Overend/dp/0987566709/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370319742&sr=1-2

www.facebook.com/sunnioverend

www.twitter.com/sunnioverend

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Virtual Release Party Guest Artist: Matthew Swegsda

Matthew Swegsda

Book Trailer Music

Matthew Swegsda is the fabulous musician who supplied the music for the book trailer for Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. I discovered this 27-year-old Scottish singer/songwriter’s music on soundclick.com and it fit perfectly. I think it has just the right tone and style.

Learn more about Matt:

Matt’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mattjam3

Matt’s music on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/mattjam3

Matt’s debut track on Youtube:

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Trailer video: How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians

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Free Video Clips

I’m working on the trailer for How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians. Since I don’t know many college students who could bend reality for me to film, I had to comb the web for clips to make you all think I do. There are lots of free ones out there, so I thought I’d give you my list of the ones where I found what I needed. There is a sort of delineation between sites that contain actors and those that don’t. Any footage with actors will most likely be more expensive, but will have more specific action if you need it.

Free sites

http://xstockvideo.com/ (This has a limited number of specific free clips, No actors)

http://archive.org/details/stock_footage (Lots of free clips)

http://movietools.info/ (free video effects, but no actors)

http://www.footagecrate.com/ (public domain video footage)

http://www.worship-backgrounds.com/ (Religious-themed backgrounds)

http://www.motionelements.com/ (You have to choose the “free” price option)

Inexpensive Paid Sites

http://www.pond5.com/ (Most videos $20-$40, with actors)

http://videohive.net/ (Most videos are under $10, a few with actors)

http://www.istockphoto.com/video (More expensive, over $30, but with a large amount of stuff I really wanted to buy for my video)

Some other good lists of sites online:

http://www.videomaker.com/downloads/stock-video/

http://blog.podcastalley.com/2009/08/11/free-or-cheap-resources-for-royalty-free-stock-video/

http://thecliparchive.com/

http://movietools.info/free-web-resources.html

http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/blog/where-to-find-free-stock-footage/

I also bought a video creation tool called Power Director 10. I looked all over everywhere to find a decent, free video tool that could blend my videos together. But there just weren’t any that didn’t want to put a watermark in my film. I ended up getting a pretty good deal at http://store.hermanstreet.com/. I was able to find the best-rated software on Cnet with reviews and even a free download trial. It ended up being $50, but i know I’ll use it a lot for future book trailers, and I was able to test it out to see if I could do what I wanted to do with it.

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How To Make a Video Trailer II: Video Clips

My first video trailer was made with photos and no video clips. You can find the steps I used here: https://katepolicani.com/2011/10/24/making-a-trailer/

This time I wanted to use mostly video clips rather than a series of still pictures. Once I had the right clips, filmed by myself and my dad with our cameras, it was almost the same as using pictures! Here is how I did it:

  • I used Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker again, which you can get for for FREE. It’s part of Windows Live Essentials: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials?lc=1033
  • It was still disgustingly easy to use and dummy-friendly. Like with photos, you just plunk everything in there with the “Add Videos and Photos” button. You can add effects and text just like with photos, and everything right there. You can export it in multiple file formats.
  • It took a little more creativity coming up with scenes I could capture on film. Photo is only limited to what I could find online. Video is harder. You can find royalty-free video online too, but that seemed expensive to me. I didn’t even look because I found ways to take my own video with help from Dad. I used family and friends and local places or places in my home. I bought, scavenged, or borrowed props to use on film. One trick was to take closer shots with the videos. Instead of showing the whole room, I just showed a close-up of the subject with limited background.
  • Windows Live Movie Maker has lots of special controls just for video. I had to pay attention to the volume of each clip and I adjusted the length of the clip using the controls (they highlight as soon as you click on a loaded video clip in the top tabs.) Some videos were louder than others and some had inappropriate sounds I had to avoid by starting after them or ending before. Here is a photo:
  • For music, I emailed my dad, the composer with a Masters in music again. (You should do that too. It’s really easy and cheap.) But if your dad isn’t a composer, you can contact mine:cdbarker@comcast.net . You can sample some of his work here: http://home.comcast.net/~cdbarker/Music/Music.htm Some of this music is not available for use, legally, so don’t steal it unless you want to get sued by Electronic Arts or somebody like that.
  • If you need free music immediately, you impatient thing, go to this beautiful site: http://www.seabreezecomputers.com/tips/freemusic.htm. I particularly liked their link, http://www.soundclick.com/business/license_list.cfm and found a song there in case Dad didn’t have anything. (But he did. Neener.) WARNING: there is a lot of kooky stuff on musopen. Don’t worry, though, your music isn’t one of the kooky ones, user of musopen who is reading this post. It’s all those other people’s music that is kooky.
  • Music controls are like the sound controls (see picture) and are pretty flexible and easy to understand. You can time your music to coincide with the video action.

To show you how you can get different effects with the same clips using the video and music controls, here is my trailer spoof:

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The Lustre Video Trailer

 

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The Making of The Lustre Trailer

I’m rushing to get the trailer done for The Lustre before the Launch Party. I procrastinated quite fabulously and I also waited on some people who weren’t completely stoked about helping. Communication was garbled…

Anyway, it looks like I’m going to get it done! I lowered my expectations and pestered my poor Dad and now I have 2 clips yet to film. Yes, I’m using video instead of photos and I have to say, it is just as easy to put it together as it was to do the trailer for The Disenchanted Pet. See how I did that here. I will definitely post instructions on how it is different with video. Spoiler: It’s not that much more complicated.

I had a lot of fun burning paper on the deck to make ashes. At the end of winter, I didn’t think they’d be very hard to find, but they were. Who knew? My secret ingredient for supplementing the volume of ash was baking soda. Powdered sugar wasn’t as satisfying, I think. It also did not poof up into the air when I vacuumed it off the rug with my Hoover Wind Tunnel, but that is because it is HEPA filtered. We’ll see if I can wash the ashes out of the shirt. No, I’m not going to tell you what I needed ashes for. You’ll have to wait for the trailer and/or read the book. (My pre-reviewers will have some idea about what it is for!)

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Trailer Idea Contest for The Lustre

I’ve been puzzling over ideas for a trailer for The Lustre and I’m having trouble coming up with something. So here’s what I’ll do. Post your ideas as a reply to this post or to the book page, based on the synopsis and excerpt. I will make the best one into my trailer and the person who posted it will get a free ebook and print copy of The Lustre as soon as it comes out!
If you don’t have an idea but like one you see on the replies, reply your support of your favorite. I’ll count your replies in my decision.

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Video trailer!

My video trailer is finally finished! I hope you like it!

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