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Making an ANIMATED book trailer

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The fact is that I like book trailers. But why? Well, I think that making a book trailer is like making a movie trailer, but harder.  A lot HARDER.

In the movies you have the recorded scenes already, that you can cut and edit, in order to make a summary of the story. But when it comes to a book trailer you don’t have anything BUT THE STORY.

That means you have to create the scenes. But how to do that? I already wrote a post about making a book trailer, that you can read here, so I won’t go into details now. Here I will talk about how to make an ANIMATION TRAILER.

And why animation? Since the book belongs to the theatre genre (a comedy play), all the scenes are full of dialogues and not action. That makes it harder to make an interesting and attractive book trailer, but It makes it easier when it comes to cartoon: I had the dialogue for my characters.

The next step was to record the voices: dubbing. In this aspect I was lucky, because we had just presented the book with a dramatic reading (you can see more about the event here), and I had the videos, which were not really good. However the audio was good and perfect for the cartoon!

So next step: making the cartoon. I just wanted something simple so I made some characters with Adobe Illustrator: Captura de pantalla 2014-08-24 a la(s) 23.01.09

(Make sure to make the characters in layers so you can actually make them move!) Captura de pantalla 2014-08-24 a la(s) 23.03.32

Then, I animated them with After effects: Captura de pantalla 2014-08-24 a la(s) 23.05.50

And final step: editing the book trailer!!! Captura de pantalla 2014-08-24 a la(s) 23.08.21

 

I thought it was an original way to present our new book. I hope you enjoy the animation as much as I enjoyed making it!

Here you can see the actual video:

(For now it’s available just in spanish, but I’m working on the subtitles into english!)

And here you can see the wonderful presentation that Jose Antonio Gómez did that day:

 

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