If you follow our social media pages, you may have already noticed that we have released our book trailer of Stan Rogal’s Obsessions. As the Marketing Manager with previous experience filming and editing, I was responsible for putting together this trailer to promote Rogal’s book. This is probably my favourite project that I’ve worked on for Leaping Lion Books. I’m really proud of how everything turned out.
I took out three little scenes from three different stories in Rogal’s book and turned them into film scripts. The three stories were “Are You OK?,” “Lie to Me, Baby,” and “Some Kind of Hero.” Then, my marketing team and I proceeded to tell our class about the trailer to see if any of them would be willing to volunteer to act out these scenes. Following that, we set a date, time, and location to film. Originally we wanted to have different people play in each scene to show that they are three different stories, but not everyone was able to make it and as the saying goes, “the show must go on.” Luckily, the maximum number of actors we needed were two guys and two girls, and that was the exact amount that showed up! So, in the end it all worked out. We had a lot of fun filming these scenes. Rogal’s stories are so theatrical in my opinion, probably due to his theatre background (he’s also a playwright), that they made it so much fun to play out and edit.
It took me two days to edit this trailer. I started off by choosing a royalty-free track from YouTube that went with the mood of Rogal’s stories—mysterious, romantic, and suspenseful. Once I chose a track, then I began cutting and inserting footage that matched it. Not everything we filmed made the cut, which is bound to happen. You always want more footage than you need, just in case you run out of footage, or a shot didn’t turn out the way you planned, and to have more options to choose from. I took a variety of different shots of the same scene (close-ups, moving shots, medium and wide angles, etc.). Once I matched my footage with the track, I then added a few filters to give the trailer a similar artistic feel as the cover of the book. Then I added in the text and photos. The quote, “Don’t go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself” came directly from Rogal’s story “Gestalt” (which is one of the short stories in Obsessions). I wanted everything to come from the book itself, so I chose this particular quote because I felt that it matched the closest to the trailer and theme of the book. I also had to adjust the volume in the parts where the actors are speaking. I lowered the track volume and increased the voice volume to make sure that the actors were heard. I was so excited to show the class the final product. They seemed to really like it and I hope you guys do as well! If you haven’t yet checked it out, here it is: “Obsessions Book Trailer“
I’d love to know what you all think about our book trailer. Please feel free to comment below what you thought!
Thank you for watching (and reading). Be sure to pick up a copy of Stan Rogal’s Obsessions now on sale at the York University bookstore. He will be at the bookstore this Thursday, March 20th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a reading of Obsessions. You can meet him, ask him questions, and get your copy autographed, so be sure to stop by!
Parisima Baha, Marketing Manager