Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cannibal Island - Book Trailer

I know. I know. You don't have to say it. The book trailer is supposed to come AFTER the book is published. But I couldn't wait. In fact, the way things are moving along, it may be another year or more before it's published. Perish the thought!) It's just the overachiever in me that makes me do these things. I like to get my ducks in row - just in case.

Actually, this is a pretty primitive example of the high quality book trailers currently out there. But it was relatively simple to create and produce, limited only by the producer's imagination and the resources available - and there are lots of them.

First off, I downloaded the free version of Windows Movie Maker and spent a little time collecting royalty-free graphics, photos, and audio. If you're needing a soundtrack or background audio, a site known as Incompetech can fix you up with free audio clips, and there is a plethora of them from which to select. There's no membership fee, nothing. I'm sure you can find just the right soundtrack for your own trailer, should you decide to make one. Also, Wikipedia Commons has millions of graphics and photos you can use with no fee and no copyright infringement issues. It's all out there for the taking, mixing together, and putting into a completed video of your own.

So, take a look and let me know what you think. And, if you're an agent in search of an exciting, boy-centric, steampunk adventure with exotic ports, danger, intrigue and a touch of romance and humor, your cabin awaits on The Seahorse for a 70,000-word voyage from England to Peru and the uncharted island where the Inca gold has been hidden for the last three centuries. There's even a cute little monkey to accompany you on your adventure and help out when necessary. But keep a close lookout for that blasted dirigible that's been following us since we steamed past Portsmouth. I think it's that oily-haired Hans Von Hisle!

If you have any trouble viewing the trailer on this site, you can click HERE to go directly to the Youtube version. It seems to load quicker with no interruptions along the way.


  1. Now HERE'S something I hadn't thought of doing! Fabulous job, Michael. I hope those agents get on the stick and give you an offer because my 12-yr-old son would love your book!

  2. Thanks, Michelle!

    I'm hoping the same thing because we shouldn't keep this story from boys any longer than necessary. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  3. That's fantastic, Michael. I love it. I can't wait to make one of those. Thanks for the instructions.

  4. Oh my! Your trailer is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it and for sharing the links.

  5. Thanks for all the encouragement! I love you all.

  6. THANKS! Had this on the back-est burner too long - it's almost glued to the pot. Now I can fix it.

  7. Just a suggestion. Go to "video effects" and drag and drop motion to your still photos, like ease in or out. (But don't overdo.) By doing that it makes it feel more like a movie.

    I love to tinker with book trailers. This one is done very well.


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