Adrift Book Trailer Assignment
It’s here! Today I’m thrilled to be celebrating OSIRIS’s official birthday. It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride since signing with Night Shade Books back in January – my first experience of the publishing process, and there’s been a lot to learn very quickly (and I have no doubt, much more to come) – but all the hard work was worth it when the beautiful hardcover editions arrived and I got to see my book in print and ebook for the first time – thank you so much to everyone at Night Shade and to John Berlyne at Zeno Agency for making it happen.
I’ve also been very excited about the book trailer below, which I can finally reveal today. All credit goes to people who know far more about filmmaking than I ever will. When it was suggested I might want to make a book trailer, I had no idea how to depict a book about an ocean city full of pyramid towers. I also had no idea how long it would take to shoot a minute and a half of film, never mind edit it. (The answer: longer than whatever it was I imagined.) So *drumroll* a massive thank you to the super talented:
Bobby Williams (film, production, editing, sound): bobbysaviour.com ; James Harris (film) jamesharris.co.uk ; Alexa Brown (actress) alexabrown.co.uk
Best watched in HD fullscreen with the sound up! (Or, if on a phone, the YouTube version is here)
And if that tickles your fancy, you can get your hands on the actual book OSIRIS here:
Hardback edition: Amazon.com // Amazon.co.uk // Barnes and Noble // Night Shade Books and in real actual bookshops
Ebook edition: Baen ebooks
It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.
-- The Writer's Almanac