Making the Trailer – Part 1

While I wait for the last drawing that I need to finish my book trailer, I figured that I would talk a little bit about the process.  I wanted to create a book trailer that looks nearly professional.  I knew from the beginning that there were going to be certain elements that can’t be done without professional equipment but I also knew that if I took the time to do it properly, then it would be close.

The biggest problem is that I can’t draw.  Period.  I needed someone that could do the drawings for me, which is one of the reasons that I waited a few months before taking on this project.  I lucked out in February when a student of mine, Drewe, decided to take a co-op at the school under my guidance.  She wants to be an animator, so this was a pretty good match.  I teach film and I have done some animation in the past but there was still a lot to learn.

Before writing and storyboarding the trailer, I sat down and figured out what I wanted the animation to look like.  Drewe insisted that she could re-create any style that I could think of, so the search began.  It took a couple of days before finding what I wanted, but I finally came across Roman Falls’ video, “I Say Fever.”  Here is the video:

For obvious reasons, our version isn’t nearly as complex — to maintain the amount of detail in this video would require far more time and a larger staff.  I think, however, it’s easy to see that the style itself is similar.  

Once the style was determined, I set to storyboarding the project.  Here is where you get to see why I needed someone else to draw. 

Dylan Callens

About the Author...

Dylan Callens is a writer and educator living in Sudbury, Ontario. 

His debut novel, Operation Cosmic Teapot, was a resounding success. Since then, Dylan has written a number of other books, including his most recent novel, And the Cow Jumped Over the Blue Moon