No – I didn’t suffer a terrible accident that kept me away from the blog for a couple of months! Things in the Wilson/Loftin household have been phenomenally busy over the summer and this blog suffered as a result. Hopefully, you’ll forgive me when I show you what we’ve been up to.
As you will probably know, Nikki is a writer and her first children’s novel was published last Tuesday. As a debut author, there’s a ton of work you need to do to publicise your book and we’ve been doing it. Aside from design of a bunch of handouts (business cards, postcards and bookmarks), we also had to put together a book trailer. Since neither of us is a video expert, we decided on a still-based format which involved lots of portraits of kids eating various forms of evil candies, cakes and goodies. Two weeks of shooting, during which our front room was transformed into a photographic studio, followed by two weeks of editing and we ended up with the following little video.
Due to time constraints, we couldn’t include all the best pictures we shot in the final video so, to ensure that all the kids who came along and sat in front of my camera could see themselves at the official launch party (last Saturday at Book People in downtown Austin), I put together a simple slideshow which cycled through all the picks from the 500 or so individual portraits that we shot for the trailer.
Let us know what you think and, if you have an 8 – 12 year old child who likes scary stories, pass on the word about “The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy!”