I Has Book Trailer! *g* (For The Pendragon Chronicles)

I got the first big thing off my horribly long to-do list today: I MADE A BOOK TRAILER!

Sorry about the yelling, but I’m ridiculously proud of myself, even though it was super easy. Anyway, here’s my major accomplishment for the week, my trailer for The Pendragon Chronicles series:

What inspired me to finally get this done was that I’m going to be having a Kindle Spotlight for Shadow of Stone in a couple of weeks, and one of the things they ask for is a link to your book trailer, if you have one.

Then – serendipity – a discussion popped up on the Kindle Boards on resouces for doing book trailers, and someone mentioned Animoto, which I had never heard of before. I’d messed with the free slide show thingie that comes with Windows, had saved all kinds of discussions about freeware that could be used for book trailers, but it all made me feel kinda overwhelmed. Where to get video clips, so it isn’t all horribly static? Would it really be worth it to buy them from iStock or elsewhere? How to decide what kinds of effects to use?

But Animoto, I learned, has styles and clips and stock photos that you can use to create your video — and it’s easy as pie. (Which isn’t all that easy, but that’s another matter.)

So yesterday I signed up for the free version of Animoto. Free membership only allows you to create a 30 second video which can’t be downloaded. Played with it for an hour and showed the result to the hubbie, and he agreed that it looked surprisingly good. Today I paid the five bucks for a one month subscription and made the video above.

A lot of the images are stock I downloaded last fall when I had a one month subscription to Shutterstock (quite an investment, but worth it). The video clip is from Animoto. I would have loved some stampeding medieval warriors, but unfortunately, they didn’t have that.

I didn’t spend ALL my free time on this — I’m also four chapters into the read through of Chameleon in a Mirror — but it’s surprising how much time such a project can eat up, even when it is super simple. 🙂

Let me know what you think. I can easily change the video and upload it again, oh joy. *g*


21 thoughts on “I Has Book Trailer! *g* (For The Pendragon Chronicles)”

  1. I enjoyed every moment. The pictures were evocative, the text easy to read, and the music held all together beautifully. My only suggestion would be to leave the website on a little longer for those of us who are slow of pen. Thank you also for the behind-the-scenes for Animoto and where you found your images. Congratulations! May your splash on Amazon and Round 2 of ROW80 be the best!

  2. I agree with Beth that the website info should be left up longer. (The music fit perfectly with my images of the books… That said, I think I’ve got to put in a dissenting vote on the video as a whole… the text waving across the screen felt almost anti-climatic to me. But hey, it’s an awesome first effort.)

  3. Agree that the music is awesome.
    I’m undecided about the one movie shot going between the mountains… the image is slightly overcast and the sound of the helicopter made me giggle. I think you could find a still image which would be more evocative.
    But, as said, undecided on that. Happy to be shouted down.

    1. Huh, interesting that you thought you heard a helicopter — there’s no sound with the movie clip! Maybe it was a change in the music that sounded like a helicopter somehow.

      Anyway, thanks for the feedback. 🙂

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