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Posted By Michelle Birbeck


It has been an interesting journey from deciding to make my own book trailer to the release yesterday. From writing the script for it, deciding which bit to include without giving away the story, to organising props and models, taking the pictures, and putting the whole thing together.

I would say that it has been an easy ride from start to finish, but that might not quite be the truth. It has, however, been a wonderful one.

Writing the script perhaps took the longest. There is a lot that happens in The Last Keeper, and deciding which bits to include, and which bits I could feasibly capture, took a lot of thought. There have been several versions of the script, right up until the last second changes as the trailer came together.

Props were easy enough to find. Fabric for the backdrops was given to me by my mother. Skulls and fake blood was available in abundance close to Halloween. Even the wig used for Serenity easy to find at a reasonable price.

Models were slightly harder. Where possible I wanted people who looked about right for the characters they were playing. Partly because of the cost involved in using wigs and other such items. In the end my wonderful friend Cait found some of her student friends who were willing to come play dress up for the day.

Taking the pictures was perhaps the most enjoyable part of the whole experience. Planning out where to go and what backgrounds to use, getting dressed up, and ordering everyone into their various poses. Not all of the pictures turned out quite as I’d hoped, but the ones I used I am very happy with. And, of course, now that I’ve had one go, I know a bit more about what I’m doing!

Putting the whole thing together took more time than I anticipated. It was a complicated affair getting the length of each clip just right, figuring out which effect to use on each one, and then picking music that reflected both the story and the clips. I lost count of how many different pieces of software I used during the whole process!

The end result is now up for everyone to see, and I am very happy with how everything turned out. Despite all the faffing and fiddly bits, it was a wonderful experience, and one I plan on repeating for book 2 in The Keepers’ Chronicles.

You can see the full trailer here.

Chelle

Nat and Paul as Elena and Kiros


 
Posted By Michelle Birbeck

2012


To be honest, if this year is half as good as last year, I will be a very happy person. And so far, it is looking good. The Last Keeper is due to be released on May 3rd, the second book is now with the publisher, and I am working my way through my own personal edits on book three. My second short story is with Pocket Novels, and I have a number of ideas worming their way through my mind for some more.

2012 promises to be a year full of writing, reading, getting excited about my first published novel, and meeting new people. All of which I am thoroughly looking forward to.

Here are some of my plans for the year to come:

First up is to finish the edits on book three in The Keepers’ Chronicles series.  At the same time, I am in the middle of the rewrite of book five. Once those are done, it will be onto the edits for book four and the rewriting of book six.

Somewhere in the middle of all of that, I have Script Frenzy, my third year, and NaNo, my fourth year. I’ve also got plans to meet up with a load of people in London in August, which promises to be more fun than any sane person should have in a weekend.

But I think what I am most excited for this year is the launch of The Last Keeper. Not only is it my first full length novel, but it has been a part of my life for almost four years. From conception to writing to searching for a publisher to actually getting it published has taken a while. However, for me it has been just about the right amount of time. Those years have given me chance to develop the series fully, to iron out any pesky little bits and pieces, and it’s given me chance to take things at a comfortable pace.

So all in all, it is shaping up to be a good year. How about you? Anything interesting planned? Any milestones heading your way?

Chelle