A lot of people ask me about the Bella video trailer. They like the pace and the images, and how the drama of 400 pages was captured in less than two minutes.
The idea was conceived on a small bench outside a classroom at American University, where I teach part-time. I was telling another professor about my self-publishing project, and she suggested a trailer. I thought trailers were only for movies, but after hearing the story of Bella, said we should do one for the book.
Dara Padwo-Audick is an amazingly talented independent filmmaker whose real passion is a documentary about the Kingdom of Bhutan, the only nation that supports “gross national happiness.” I know, when’s the next flight out? Seriously, check Dara’s site: http://bhutanakingdomofhappiness.com/.
My job was to reduce Bella to 10 main plot points. Dara took these points and crafted a script. Then we chose locations, added still photos, found some actors, contracted for some compelling music, and Dara went to town. It took months, no exaggeration.
The first draft was good, but needed tweaking. Same for the second. Neither of us was satisfied. Dara went in and didn’t come out until the job was done.
Does every book need a trailer? Probably not. Ours did; I think this quick piece has already seduced a number of visitors to www.getbella.com. And no, I wouldn’t complain if some Hollywood exec wandered by, watched the trailer, and started thinking about who should play Danny and Bella in the feature film.