Graphic Design Beyond Limits: Boundless Limits (Transcendent Choice)

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Boundless Limits: Transcendent Choice (Book One)
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What’s cooking? Da’Kharta here.

There is so much work that goes into writing, but what about the work beyond writing? Not just coming up with the book cover but also the book trailer.

Yesterday, I presented Part One of Graphic Design Beyond Limits, featuring Earth 8-8-2. Today, I present Part Two, featuring my work Boundless Limits.

Once again, the founder of All Authors Graphic Design.

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1. Did you need to read the stories at all to generate the type of images you wanted to incorporate? If so, how many times did you read them?

Yes, I did. While the authors gave me highlights on what the stories were about, I felt that in reading them I was much more informed and then was able to conjure up a mental image of almost what I thought the trailers should look like. I only had to read each story once for this.

2. How much input did you need from the actual author prior to staring the trailer?

Tons.

I sort of have a process–I don’t know if its actually an artistic process, but it’s a process nonetheless.

What I do is make a preliminary draft with images that I think go along with the story. Once that is done, I send it to the author informing him/her that it’s a rough draft and then ask for feedback.

I want them to look at the rough draft and tell me what they believe works and what doesn’t. Basically, I want him/her to be as honest and upfront as possible telling me everything they thought.

Why do I do this? Because I can only create a good video is if I am well informed.

Then I take everything he/she says and utilize that in creating the final video.

There is a method to the madness. Sometimes people don’t know what they really want until they see it. Providing a preliminary draft allows the author to rule out what he/she really wants and/or needs.

3. In the majority of book trailers, still imagery is still being used. What prompted you to utilize moving pictures?

I find that moving pictures brings the video to life. While still images are great and there is nothing wrong with using them (I still do), moving images tempts the imagination and creates a more vivid image. It also makes the Book Trailer seems more like a Movie Trailer.

 

4. How long did it take you to do the trailer? 

It took me about a week to produce the finalized video for “Boundless Limits: Transcendent Choice Book One”. This time included going back and forth with you via email in order to get the perfect final product.

5. Was the client satisfied with the first rendition of the trailer or did you have to redo it? 

For “Boundless Limits” the client (namely YOU) was not happy with the first draft. However, that was the intention all along. This is why I do a “Draft” then a “Final”. The draft is the catalyst to obtaining the feedback that I need to make the final.

6. What is the toughest part of the creative process of the book trailer?

There are a few steps I use in my “creative process”:

1. Read the book.
2. Send the author an email asking him/her what they “see/visualize” the trailer as.
3. Use that information to create a Draft.
4. Send the Draft to the author for their feedback. Asking him/her to give me as much information as possible.
5. Using that information to create the Final Draft.

I used this process every time. The tough part most of the time, is trying to visualize exactly what the author is. Sometimes my artistic vision does not quite line up with the authors. That’s not to say that I don’t keep going until I get it just right. Nevertheless, that can be someone of a challenge.

7. How tough is it to find music that matches the tone of the story?

Wow. It’s very hard to find “just the right” music.

For “Boundless Limits” for example, we went through approximately 4 or 5 songs. The thing is that I do not use music with vocals, solely instrumentals. I find that vocals tend to take away from the focus, which should be the book trailer, not the songs.

So, with “Boundless Limits” we went back and forth between several songs until we found the one that was just right. This was something I did hand in hand with you. It was imperative that you be happy with any musical choice. Plus you knows your story better than I, so who better to give me information on a musical choice than you?

8. What do you like the most about this trailer?

My favorite things about the “Boundless Limits” trailer is the red smoke. I don’t know why, but it’s hypnotizing. I just absolutely love that aspect of the trailer. The music seems to add to the hypnotizing effect–it’s marvelous.
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I enjoyed the smoke and the 3D white lettering myself. It really helped the trailer pop. The trailer is an incredible one indeed! Glad you could stop by AAGD. Keep on making bad ass trailers!

DR

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