My First Book Trailer-A Screenplay

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I've had plans for a while to produce a book trailer for my short story "Where I Can't Follow" in order to drive traffic to the Amazon.com and BN.com listing pages via YouTube, facebook, and this blog.

But perhaps the most important reason why I am doing this, to quote Nacho Libre, " 'tis for fun" ;-)

Condensing a 20ish page short story into a 30-60 second book trailer should be easy, and in essence I think the distillation of what I wanted to convey was.

Planning out the cinematography, trying to capture just the right tone without giving too much away, that's where the real work was. So, I decided to write a screenplay for the little short (my first one in years, so forgive the formatting errors).

I initially started writing out as an aspiring screenwriter, but lost interest in it and found what I really loved about writing could not be properly expressed in the rigid screenplay format.

So, I turned to prose, and haven't looked back (except perhaps just this once).

I plan to produce this video Tuesday, time permitting. And once complete I will link the YouTube clip here for everyone to see.

But without further adieu, I present the screenplay for my first book trailer! (Get your popcorn ready!)


WHERE I CAN'T FOLLOW
Book Trailer

By:
Christopher Godsoe




INT. BLANK SCREEN
WILBUR (V.O.)
What matters most to you in this world? What's the one person or thing, you couldn't live without?

FADE IN-BODY SHOP-NIGHT 
   
DANES hands PUSH a BLOCK SANDER along, scattering dust particles that swirl within artificial light against a black background.

DANE (V.O.)
My wife and kids.
FADE TO: BLACK

WILBUR (V.O.)
Well, I never had any. Kids, I mean. It's always been just me and MARGARET.

FADE IN-INT. BODY SHOP-NIGHT

The block sander shapes and edge of the fender in SLOW MOTION. All that can be seen are the hands, the BLOCK SANDER, and the FENDER, the rest is in darkness.

DANE (V.O.)
I'm Sorry.
FADE TO: BLACK

WILBUR (V.O.)
No need to be sorry, I guess the LORD just figured we were all each other needed.

FADE IN-INT. FRONT SEATS OF CLASSIC CAR-NIGHT

PAN-across two empty front seats of classic car, lit by same artificial light as the FENDER.

DANE (V.O.)
Ah, I see.
FADE TO: BLACK

WILBUR (V.O.)
I don't think you do yet SON, but if you're lucky, you will.

FADE TO:

MONTAGE

1) STILL IMAGE OF SCARRED TREE
FADE TO:
2) STILL IMAGE OF MAN RACING AWAY FROM ABANDONED TRACTOR IN A FIELD
FADE TO:
3) STILL IMAGE OF A BROKEN ROADSIDE GUARD RAIL

END MONTAGE

FADE TO BLACK
SUPERIMPOSE:WHERE I CAN'T FOLLOW
FADE TO:
SUPERIMPOSE:BY
FADE TO:
SUPERIMPOSE:CHRISTOPHER GODSOE
FADE TO:
SUPERIMPOSE: AVAILABLE NOW AS A KINDLE (TM) EBOOK AT AMAZON.COM
FADE TO:
SUPERIMPOSE: OR AS A NOOKBOOK (TM) AT BN.COM
FADE TO:BLANK SCREEN

THE END


As always, please let me know what you think :-)

                                                        

Chris Godsoe

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