Flexing my video-editing muscles, which lie dormant too often, I’ve put together a book trailer for my novel Wixon’s Day. Rather than just post the video, I thought I’d write a little bit about the making of this trailer. Partly because it might prove informative, but mostly because I can’t resist filling blog posts with writing. For those just wanting the trailer, here it is in full:
This book trailer uses edited quotes from the novel, taken from the protagonist boat pilot Marquos’ account of his world. This section of the novel is an Appendix to help understand the geography of Estalia, available in full on this site.
All the content used in the trailer was taken from free online stock sources. I made the trailer using Adobe Premiere, combining custom titles for the text with stock images I edited in Photoshop. The music comes from a free online music archive, and the additional sound effects from Free Sound FX.
The full trailer is a bit over 2 minutes long, a long and dreary trudge that reflects the bleak meanderings of Marquos in the book. So if you like this haunting little vignette you’d probably like the novel, too. If it seems too long and slow, I split it into two more manageable chunks. But they probably won’t make you like the novel.
Wixon’s Day book trailer – Part 1
The first part introduces the world of Estalia. A dark, mostly lifeless wasteland, littered with technology from an ancient civilisation. The history of the world is long forgotten, and it’s anyone’s guess what made the world the way it is.
Wixon’s Day book trailer – Part 2
The second half of the trailer gives a brief hint at the nature of the main character. He’s well aware that the answers about the history of Estalia could help improve the world, but he’s not looking for trouble. He’s quite happy to wander the world, ignoring the greater questions that surround him.