Trailer Time: Genre Bending

I searched for a recent SF book trailer.  Take a look at what I found…

The trailer classifies the book as an espionage thriller, but the story certainly seems to have a progressive scientific perspective traditional to science fiction novels:  A cybercriminal seeks to rewrite history, possibly changing human nature in the process.  A woman, presumably an established character, seeks to intervene.  Intrigued?  Yeah, so am I, and that’s the point.

The trailer is sophisticated, but not flashy.  There’s a good dose of visual and auditory stimulation, without any complex video clips.  I don’t know how she got the visuals and if they’re used legitimately, but they add to the appeal of the video without any blatant plagiarism.  The text sets the stage of the novel, telling us enough about the concept to draw us in.  I suspect the effect would be even better if I had any idea who Calla Cress is (though, I’m assuming she’s the heroine and I’m also assuming she’s appeared in previous books).

Overall, I can only make two recommendations to all the aspiring trailer creators out there:

  1. Voiceovers can help anchor the text within the video for the viewer.
  2. Tell us enough about the protagonist—even an established protagonist—to get new potential readers to care what happens to her/him.

What advice would you add after watching this?

About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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2 Responses to Trailer Time: Genre Bending

  1. acflory says:

    Mmmm… speed it up. I admit I got bored before it was even half way through. The thing that hooked my interest was ‘cyber criminal’ but it went nowhere. As a 30 second teaser that would be okay, but as a much longer trailer I felt that info. – interesting info – was a little sparse. -shrug- It just didn’t grab me. 😦

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