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Scouting locations for filming

Over two months this spring I learned that writing a book doesn’t finish when you type ‘the end’. A new phase then begins: knocking the book into shape and planning promotion. I’m lucky enough to have a great team of people helping me and I am learning very fast. I spent a week scouting locations, planning and filming two videos [the book trailer, and an author interview] and a photo shoot for a portrait photo then gratefully handed over the post-production to the experts. Trees are an important part of Ignoring Gravity, symbolising family history. So I was keen to shoot either the portrait photo or the author interview, or both, sitting or standing by a tree. Which sounds easy except we were doing this in March when the trees are bare of leaves and so a little boring. My PR consultant Nicky Stephen has a neighbour with a beautiful garden, including a tree with a circular wooden bench around the trunk. We shot the portrait photo straight away as the light was good, soft light, no bright sunshine. While we were doing this we realised a potential problem for the video shoot: the sheep in the next field were
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Categories: Book publicity and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.

Choosing music for the book trailer

The one element of making Ignoring Gravity‘s book trailer which I thought would be easy turned out to be the most time-consuming. Music. Simple, I thought, something thoughtful, a modern take on classical. This was just before the Oscars and I read an article in the newspaper about the composer who was nominated for the soundtrack to Gravity, Stephen Price who happens to live a few miles from me. So I looked him up on Linked In which immediately informed me that one of my friends knows Stephen. The wonder of online networking! I’ve nothing to lose, I decided, he might win the Oscar and want to help out a local writer. An e-mail exchange later confirmed my friend doesn’t know Stephen Price after all, but does know Gavin Greenaway, another local conductor/composer who might be able to help. It turned out that Gavin’s non-assigned tracks were too ‘bombastic’ for my needs, but he kindly gave me some sound advice about sourcing music online. He pointed me towards Audio Network where you can license a track from the hundreds available for £95 plus VAT. Another friend recommended Sound Cloud. I spent one weekend listening to tracks on both websites and
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Categories: Book Love, Book publicity and On Writing.

Filming the book trailer

The book trailer for Ignoring Gravity was a real team effort including a beginner [me] and experienced professionals [everyone else]. The team at Nicky Stephen Marketing had pulled together the film specialists. I wrote the script and found Vicki Shearing, the actress whose voice you hear on the film. Vicki was the only team-member not present on filming day, having recorded the script a few days earlier. Rain was forecast at 10am on our chosen cold day in March so we assembled early and prepared to do the outside shots first, shooting out of sequence. In fact, the rain held off until the afternoon so, for the book trailer, we didn’t need Plan B. The author interview was another story, the story of ‘Filming the author interview’ is coming soon: suffice to say we needed Plan A, B and C for that one. So it was a casual start at our chosen location in the pretty Leicestershire village of Hoby. We took our breakfast mugs of tea on a tray to the graveyard of Hoby Church. The first lesson I learned about filming is that in winter the crew operates on hot drink and regular food. Jane Cowan our model arrived
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Categories: Book publicity and My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity'.