The Making of a Video Trailer

As a recently published author, I am still learning the ins and outs of the promotional side of this business. When I received my author’s packet last fall, I developed my Facebook page, started a Twitter account, joined Smashwords and Goodreads. I slowly began to use them. Okay, I don’t use them like I should, but I do use them.

Sometime around Thanksgiving, my publisher, Second Wind, talked to me about doing a video book trailer. I realized immediately that this was going to be a little more complicated than posting a tweet @hvpurvis. This was going to be a major undertaking, kinda scary even. We talked and I, having a theater background, had an idea of a scene to do. Mike liked it. I called my son, Adam, who has just started a video graphics company and had built my website, hvpurvis.com and explained what I wanted to do. His response? “Yeah, we can do that. I’m really swamped right now, but I’ll give it some thought.”

Adam and I talked about the video several times. He had a different idea than mine. It was a good idea and the one he wanted to use, since his name would be on the credits. .

In early January, I get an email with an attachment, Storyboard. He laid out the action in still drawings complete with descriptions. Another attachment contained the voiceover dialogue for each of the scenes. Adam wanted to film it with an iPhone to give it that “I just saw this happening and filmed it” look. He thought using a “real” video camera would take away some of the realism. He arranged for my daughter, me, two of his long time friends, who are almost like my children, and himself to film one weekend. Friday evening they shot the interior scenes. On Saturday, a dreary over-cast day, they arrived at the barn. (I write in my barn loft.)

Adam explained what each scene would entail and we shot one for practice, just to get the feel of it. We shot each scene five or six times with slight adjustments or small changes to see what worked best.

He spent the next two weeks putting it together, tweaking, and getting it like he wanted. I had seen drafts at each stage and offered suggestions and comments. Then the finished product arrived in an email. I was amazed, and it was posted at http://youtu.be/K2SvcqSgs4g

Although making the trailer took time, the experience was exhilarating and fun. Now, I’m working on scenes to film for my forthcoming books—with much anticipation!

H.V. Purvis
Author of Extinction and it’s soon to be released sequel, Survival. Also due out this spring is the murder mystery, Death In A Small Town.

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2 responses to “The Making of a Video Trailer

  1. Pam

    Three thumbs up!

  2. Nice work, H.V. My son is a commercial artist. Instead of “swamped,” he is always “Slammed” when I need his expertise. He has, however, taken the time to do my two book covers. I’d also like to look into a video trailer.

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