Writing my Book Trailer – 3rd January 2013

There are some really cool book trailers around at the moment and I have to admit this has been on my do do list for a while now. Last summer I actually borrowed my two nieces (and one boyfriend) to act as models for some of the characters. Combined with some of my own photos of London, along with a few image stills from photo libraries, I then worked on the photos in photoshop, to create the graphics for my trailer. In the end, I came up with some really powerful images which reflected the theme of my book.

Over the next few weeks, I worked on the text and video sequence itself but needed a good soundtrack. I’m still looking – but for the time being, I chose an instrumental titled ‘Flashing Lights’ which is by one of my favourite music duos, ‘Chase and Status’ combined with ‘Sub Focus’ – I liked the gentle guitar solo at the start, which gradually builds into a dramatic piece of music, which I faded out before it turned really dark! I have however, heard this on TV (usually in the background of an up and coming drama series) so I’ll have to source something else eventually.

On to the trailer itself, I made good use of the Christmas Holidays to put this altogether in Adobe Flash. The project file looks great! Unfortunately I’m not so happy as to how it exported as an .mov file. It seems to have lost its seamless tweening, not to mention some of the texts are looking a little ragged. Painful though its seems, I don’t think I can use it because it just doesn’t look professional. So it’s back to the drawing board – maybe using different software.

However it did seem such a shame to put all that hard work to waste. So I’ve decided to publish my original story board. I will have another crack at this at sometime in the future, but for now, here is the trailer sequence.

by Helen J. Christmas

Book One – Beginnings
A fast paced thriller set in the dark criminal underworld of London


The year is 1972


Eleanor is 16


when she discovers her father is involved in organised crime 


but he is forced to go on the run
leaving her in the hands of dangerous people


Thrown into prostitution


She is about to face her worst nightmare…


…desperate to escape


she stumbles across another prisoner


An innocent young man


who has a contract on his life 


His name is Jake
He is a gifted musician from Holland

Together they risk a daring escape…followed by a terrifying chase across London


until at last they find a safe place to hide… and then Jake tells his story

He witnessed a scene


a mysterious man lurking by the roadside


The car bomb explosion which claimed the life of a British MP 


He was interviewed by the police


Now those responsible want him silenced forever

Two young people thrown together by fate… who fall in love


Jake and Eleanor know they are living on borrowed time…


Somewhere out there, a lethal contract killer is hunting them…

This is the Beginning..…

Available on Amazon.com

Visit: http://www.samefacedifferentplace.co.uk

About Helen J. Christmas

I am an English author and have written a series of novels, titled 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a gangland thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent; a mystery that ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance, set in a backdrop of organised crime and at the advent of the British rave culture. There are 2 final books in the series, Retribution (Phase One) and Retribution (End Game) where the saga reaches its dramatic conclusion.
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2 Responses to Writing my Book Trailer – 3rd January 2013

  1. Chloe says:

    This is brilliant! Fantastic job, I particularly like the first one with Eleanor!

  2. Thank you Chloe – I thought it was a lovely photo and was delighted with how it came out. Do you you recognise the last (but one) photo?

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