Monday, January 28, 2019

The Making of a Book Trailer

I'm sending a big thank you out to Karen Ruhl for the fantastic job she did on the book trailer for my Apollo Eleven picture book, Back on Earth: When Men First Landed on the Moon

Short and sweet and perfect, isn't it? This was a lesson on how to cut to the chase to get a message across all the while maintaining beauty and creativity. Karen nailed it. 

Our goal was to keep it below one minute, and we almost made it. I wrote the script, which ended up being only a few lines long. The words had to drive home the message that the book is a catalyst for sharing the Apollo Eleven moon mission between the generations. 

Then I narrowed down the number of pictures to use from the illustrations by artist Bobbie Gumbert. They had to be representative of not only the book, but also the intended message of the trailer. 

Then Karen took over and worked her magic. I suggested the countdown, and she selected the perfect background music to enhance the second half of the trailer. And TA-DA!  

I met Karen through the Red Awning Gallery in Hudson, North Carolina where we are both members. Karen is open to designing book trailers for others, so check her out on facebook at Karen Ruhl Photography & Design. Her main passion is photography, however as an extension, she is branching out into book trailer design. Here's a feature article about her from the local newspaper several weeks ago.

I appreciate her talent.

Catch of the day,


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