+The Prophecy+ Book Trailer
From the beginning, I have had very clear images of the scenes, characters, and details in the Between Souls
books. I wanted to include these in a book trailer - a very short video similar to a movie trailer. I had seen a few book trailers on YouTube, so I knew what appealed to me and what didn't. A couple of weeks ago, I decided the time was right to try to make my own book trailer.
Just like everything else in this process, the book trailer took longer than I thought it would, but not for the reasons I thought. I knew I needed to use images that I had rights to - I had to either purchase the rights or own the photos. I decided to use one of my own paintings for the main background. I loved the color combinations, and the swirls enabled me to add the illusion of motion with zooming in and out.
The music was much harder. I had to find music that had a creative commons license that would allow me to use it and adjust it slightly. The entire clip needed to be under 1:30 minutes, and most songs were longer than that. After hours and hours of searching, I finally found zero-project, an artist from Greece who created beautiful soundtrack albums. "Gothic" from the album Darkness Falls
was the one I decided to use for this trailer. I also picked out other songs of his for my two upcoming books, and I hope I'll be able to find one more for the final book in this series. (You can find out more about zero-project at http://www.zero-project.gr/
Next I needed to put it all together. I used a photo of my painting and added moving text. But I also wanted to add a section about The Chapel
, so I did a bit of searching. When we went to our friends' wedding in Scotland in 2004, I spent an entire day at Rosslyn Chapel, the inspiration for the second book. I had my video and digital cameras in hand and filled them with interior and exterior shots. After a few file searches, I found those photos and discovered the one I used in the trailer of a small altar in front of a stained glass window. Perfect.
I'm not going to say the whole process was easy, but I have made a number of slide shows like this before, so it took me less time than if this had been my first. The end result is now available on my sites and on YouTube for all to see. I hope you like it!