This book trailer was produced in an effort to bring more attention to the unpublished manuscript. During production, we strove to create a book trailer that was cinematic in scope–despite its shoestring budget–without giving away the bank in story, character, or plot. Most book trailers justifiably shy away from showcasing any characters, for fear of providing too much information regarding their look and visual texture. We went a different direction with The Silent Partner, figuring that we could get away with showing snippets of scenes if the trailer was shot tight enough . . . if the pacing was quick . . . and instead focused on the hints of story arcs. Our objective: to pique interest in an entertaining way.
After all, much like how watching a music video (remember those?) can change the way you hear a song, a book trailer can change your mental picture of characters, setting, etc. That said, the intention wasn’t to preserve the imagination of someone who’s never heard of the book, but rather promote the book’s existence (or, more accurately, its forthcoming existence). Like a music video, the promotion of the coming book will hopefully lead people’s interest in the source material. If we’re vague enough with the story and characters in the trailer, and the book is then discovered, hopefully it will be enjoyed by readers as intended, and passed on to others. In the end, we’ll know if this worked out.
Here we go . . .