Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece: Featured Book Trailer

Saw this trailer today, and loved it. I think it's a great example of how simple trailers can be--although it had film and actors, the sets were everyday, and there wasn't a single special effect. What really caught my attention was the twist at the end. Nobody points it out, but you can't miss it; the inherent conflict leaps out at you.

See what I mean? Gorgeous conflict. The book's Goodreads blurb never would have caught my interest, but this trailer did. And if you break down the elements, they are easily reproducible in cheap, simple terms--

1) Child actors could be a younger sibling, your own kids, children of your good friends or relatives.
2) The film could easily be replaced with still photos of a boy coloring, the mantelpiece, the swingset.
3) The setting--house, park, muddy road--are also found just about everywhere. Your house. A park or school playground near where you live. The muddy road is a bit more specific, but a stream, cornfield, etc would work as well.
4) Music -- this is the kind of generic song you could find online for free with little hassle. Not all music videos need dramatic soundtracks (or old fashioned songs.)

In other words? You could do this. I could do this.

Food for thought.

Truly and always,
-Creative A


Nomes said...

i have heard the best things about this book

i loved the trailer. it is so clean cut and well done. i agree about the conflict i it too :)

Middle-Schooler said... I want to read the book. But the library doesn't have it...probably 'cuz it's sold by a British publishing company).
Anyways, this doesn't have to do with book trailers, but have you seen "Silence of Love"? It's the saddest, most HEARTWRENCHING (lol, I have no idea whether I spelled that right) video ever, even if it's a commercial. I cried every single time I watched it.
Here's the link:

Creative A said...

Well hey, Nomes! :)

I've heard tons of good stuff too--after seeing the trailer, I did some research. Now I'm pretty excited about the whole thing.

Creative A said...

Hey middle schooler! You know, it's a pretty new release, so that could be another reason it's not in libraries yet. Give it a few--they may pick it up soon.

Silence of Love, eh? I'll check it out. :)


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