Just completed a short-and-sweet book trailer for Kyle Harrison Movie Star, Book One of the Kyle in Hollywood series. My video creator takes particular care to match the images and text to the music beats, so the whole thing took two entire days of intensive work, from media gathering to assembly to complete revision and production of two versions, and finally the choice of one. As usual, I am delighted with it, but interested in your comments.
The greatest challenge was to make it as short as possible while accommodating a bit of storyline. The musical composition playing behind the images is my own “Homeless in New York” because the instrumental track fit better with the general mood of the book. Those of you familiar with the quirks of my writing process may know that I often integrate some kind of song into my narrative. In this book, the character Randy Riley composes a song called “Winter Bites” for the soundtrack of the movie The Bite of Winter, in which he co-stars with Kyle Harrison. In the movie, Randy portrays an ageing cowboy confronted by outlaws, and the song relates to the moment when the gang is closing in on him.
However, the instrumental's somber mood did not fit the imagery and general tone of the book as well as the song I selected. You can still listen to “Winter Bites” for free on Soundcloud at this private link:
Since we are still in the first thirty days after launch, I have brought the book price down to 99 cents to encourage new readers to the series. You can read a generous excerpt on the Amazon product page, to see if it's the kind of book you would enjoy.
Although I started working on this series three years ago, some of the themes are unnervingly topical, like the recent scandals rocking the Hollywood power players.
If you read Scot Free in Hollywood, which is now officially Book Two of the series, you might enjoy knowing how Kyle's career got started and how he was introduced to the fascinating world of Hollywood movie making. If you haven't, then this is the perfect introduction to the Kyle in Hollywood series. Book Three (tentatively entitled Just Cause It's Kyle) is coming soon.
Something a little different, a video/film of the making of “Voodoo Suite Sessions” album by the superb blues/funk Mamma Freedom.
Excellent musicians and a stellar producer going about the process. Down-to-earth reality of creating excellence.
It's a YouTube video and here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5pzlGVlWjA
Now here's today's “intrigue”... try to freeze the video at 4 min 58 secs and read the song title marked in blue on the (right-hand side) white board on the wall. Right above Alex's elbow you may see “Homeless In New York” by Rob....
Now check my music page on this site ….!!
Four tracks above “Homeless in New York” is the great track “Down to Business” marked on the same board in blue. You can hear that over on Soundcloud. Just search for the title and 'Sonic Generals'.
It's Saturday, so it's 'dancing-shoes-on' day – right? So dance away ...
~ Author of fiction