In my last post (The author in front of the camera), I showed you an author promo by Charlie Higson for his YA novel, The Enemy. The book is about a disease that turns adults into bloodthirsty zombies, but leaves all the kids unharmed. The kids then have to learn to survive in this new dangerous world. The author promo is very effective, as Higson slowly succumbs to the disease while he tells you about the book. Bits of that promo have been re-cut into a shorter promo and also into a book trailer. But there is also a trailer for the follow-up book, The Dead. This trailer takes a different approach. There is no sign of the author. Instead, we have a scared kid on webcam, telling us what’s happening to all the adults.
Also in my last post, I included a couple of vids from Eoin Colfer for his book Airman. Colfer is best know for his Artemis Fowl novels, and the publicity machine for that series rocks on — literally, with a rock music video to promote the book series. Call Me Artemis Fowl, a catchy little number by Josh Fix, is combined with comic book style images to create a really good promo.
And if that’s not enough? Artemis also has a computer animated trailer…
Time to change the pace a little. Here is a beautifully created trailer combining live action and shadows. It’s for Ryan Van Meter’s essay collection, If You Knew Then What I Know Now, and is specifically based on the essay “First”. How do you turn an essay into a trailer? Watch and learn…
And to finish up… something completely different. In fact, this isn’t even a book trailer. It’s a beer commercial. But it’s a beer commercial with a very different take on a piece of classic literature — Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Extremely silly and extremely amusing!
And I really don’t think there’s much more I can say after that.
Tune in next time for a post without videos.
Catch ya later, George
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