Sharp-eyed Winners Claim Bella

“Don’t be too clever for an audience,” prolific filmmaker Billy Wilder once advised. “Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.”

Congratulations today to Elena Ornig and Barbara Briggs Ward, who found the obvious and subtle differences between the Bella trailer and a near-final draft of the trailer script.

Elena’s winning entry means Bella will be traveling to Gold Coast, Australia, where Elena pens a fascinating blog called, “Answers from.” Visit it here:

Elena Ornig

Our second winner, Barbara, is from upstate New York. Learn more about her wonderful holiday story, The Reindeer Keeper, at

Barbara Briggs Ward


The differences they spotted follow:

-   Ominous music added over opening
-   Female narrator, not a male
-   Feet not seen in opening shots (as was originally suggested)
-   “It” exploded was changed to, “Her life exploded … ”
-   “Tennis racket” text was changed to: The moment her husband learned his sister was murdered on 9/11
-   Land line was changed to cell phone
-   Deleted line: “But they are also taught lessons about:
-   End text say book available at Amazon; trailer says:
Nice work, ladies, and thanks to all who took time to view the trailer and read the script!

6 Comments so far »

  1. Stephanie M. Sellers said,

    Wrote on May 21, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Your talent shows.
    Enjoy yourself up there in Bookcity and promote with pride. You deserve it.


    stevepiacente Reply:

    Very kind, Stephanie. Everyone please check out Stephanie’s site at:


  2. Fida Abbott said,

    Wrote on May 21, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    CONGRATS to the winners!!!


    stevepiacente Reply:

    Fida, these two were terrific!


  3. Charlotte Tomic said,

    Wrote on May 23, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    Congratulations to those hawk-eyes for their winning entries! Way to go!


    stevepiacente Reply:

    Yes, Charlotte, and Barbara is my neighbor at Book Expo. See “First Bite of the Apple” for more on BEA


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