Saturday, 20 August 2011

LET'S MAKE THE FILM RIGHT HERE! In Our Kitchen...

£1.71  Ghost Dance by Susan Price  $2.99
          I met up with my brothers last week, and mentioned that I was days away from publishing my third book on kindle, GHOST DANCE, the third book in the Ghost World sequence.
          Adam looked at Andrew and said, “We ought to make a trailer for them!”  Andrew enthusiastically agreed, and the rest of the afternoon was spent in planning how it could be done for no money at all.
          I never asked them to do it!  It was, I swear, entirely their own idea.  For all the attempts I’ve been making to let the world know that my books are on the kindle, making a trailer had never occurred to me.
          But, both my brothers love films, and they’re both artists.  (Andrew, the older, has worked as an artist for a computer games firm, and does the book covers for my kindle books; and Adam has published cartoons, and draws the Blot cartoons.) They said it would be a fun way of teaching themselves some new programmes and techniques.
          There followed a long discussion of whether to use stills, or some kind of puppets, or animated paper cut-outs.  What dissolves would be best.  “Can we get Alan (our cousin) to play some music for us?”
           They are going to meet up this Thursday, to draw up a story-board.
          I don’t know if it will come to anything, but I’m agog.  I’m even prepared to disturb the moths in my purse and buy them a camcorder (though the last I heard they were planning to borrow my aunt’s.  Keep it in the family is our motto.  This is why my Twitter name is @priceclan.)
          Film trailers are nothing new of course.  My friend and fellow Scattered Author, Katherine Langrish, has made a trailer for her book DARK ANGELS I love it (and the book) and played the trailer to my brothers for educational and inspirational purposes.
          I think Kath’s short film captures the atmosphere of her book brilliantly, and I’m impressed by its quality.  If Kath had told me she’d paid large splodges of moolah to have it made professionally, I wouldn’t have doubted it, but in fact she made it herself, with help from her family.
          I’ll be thrilled if my family can come up with something as good.  You can bet I’ll keep you posted on the progress of PriceClan Studios.

        
And here's Blott -

There are more Blot cartoons at www.susanpriceauthor.com

9 comments:

madwippitt said...

Unfortunately avocadoes are toxic to wippitties, so we are quite happy to leave it to Blot(t)!
We look forward to receiving a casting call for your forthcoming epic traiuler though we fear our fees (will work for food) might prove too high for you ...

Katherine Roberts said...

Can't wait to see the trailer for Ghost World! You should visit Siberia and get Lucy Coats to do her shamanic drumming for you...

(PS. The unicorn says he quite likes avocado, but this red blog background hurts his eyes!)

Susan Price said...

Wippitties - we are casting for wolves. Can you howl in chorus?
And Kath - isn't it amaxing that, in the Scattered Authors' pool of talent, we have a shaman?
I might play around with the background for the unicorn's sake; but in the meantime, could he wear shades?

madwippitt said...

Can we howl? Do wippitts poo in the woods? We could make your spine tingle!

madwippitt said...

bleeeurgh! the lovely luscious velvety red has changed into puke green!

Susan Price said...

I understand that the luscious red hurts unicorns' eyes, mad wippit. There's no pleasing all animals, real or fantastic. I'd have chosen another colour - I think it's a bit pukey myself - but the choice offered by Blogger is a bit limited.

madwippitt said...

Hmmm, lavender ... no, surely you can't be that ancient ...
But you're absolutely right, there is no pleasing us, unless you have something tasty for us to eat. And don't even think about trying avocado!

diebooth said...

A film trailer! That's so exciting - I do hope you get involved because even if you have no experience of film (which I don't either, but I've played around with filming some of my stuff with a friend) is so much fun. Puppets would be amazing - I'm thinking of those Balinese shadow puppets now, but imagine that would be quite a difficult effect to recreate. I can't wait to hear more about this - Ghost Drum is so visual, it would really lend itself to film.

Susan Price said...

Thanks Die! I'm really keen too. The brothers and I are trying to find a time when we can all get together and agree on a story board - which Andrew who has the most experience insists is essential.