I last posted about building a book trailer to publicize my memoir Leaving the Hall Light On on April 2. We were in the first stages of design then. And now just three and a half weeks later the two-minute video is up on youtube.
This was truly a labor of love. My son Ben and his friend, Frank Artes, produced it; Frank was the director and one of the photographers -- we decided we need additional photos to better illustrate the story, and Frank put the whole piece together. Another friend of Ben's Chris Bouffard, who is an actor and experienced in this sort of thing, did the voiceover. Other contributers were my book photographers Paul Blieden and Madison Poulter. I provided the script with a little help from my very brilliant writer friend, Marlene McPherson. She's worked writing for the soaps for years, so she knew just how to add the right amount of drama to the piece.
Last, but of course the most important, Paul's music plays in the background. One of my friends says it makes the piece.
Frank was so adept in melding the music, photos, and script all together, and without a lot of retakes. Before I knew it, it was up yesterday, and I'm very pleased with it.
Please let me know what you think. And remember, the book will be available on May 8 (Mother's Day). You'll be able to buy it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble very soon.