Finding Pony Book Trailer: The Making of…
Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since I posted a new blog, but this summer has been killer. First, my oldest son went away to college in June, then we remodeled the house, and squeeze in three girls in a play, my second son in two sports and summer school (and not driving yet), and yes. I have been busy. But I’m back and with the book release almost exactly a month away, I am so excited to ramp up promotion of Finding Pony!
One of the highlights of my summer was getting to watch the making of the Finding Pony book trailer. I knew I wanted something special, and since we already had a great cover model available:
Grant Addington, on the cover.
I figured that it would be fun to do a live action trailer. Enter the fabulous Kyle Lowe, who has been a great friend for years, and currently runs Kyle Lowe Films. He and his friend, Michael Barakat, who also has his own film production company, jumped on the idea and thought it would be cool to bring in a drone.
A drone, you say?
Such high level technology!
This thing must be legit!
See that little hovering thing to the right of Grant?
That’s not a tiny Star Trek model, nor a UFO,
but a drone.
We found the perfect little girl to play the part of Pony, Jesse’s little sister in the book. Enter the sweetest little girl Olivia, who is my friend Jill’s adorable daughter.
This is Olivia. What a cutie.
Grant’s mom Alice tagged along, so we could take these awesome pictures for my blog post. Thank you, Alice! (She shot the cover, by the way, and my author photo. Yeah, she’s awesome. Oh! Olivia’s mom Jill was there too, but we didn’t get any pictures of her…but she’s awesome, too. Super awesome.)
Here is my buddy Alice, being awesome and taking pictures and stuff.
We started off the day at a park nearby my house, where Kyle thought it would be good to film some “siblings playing together” sequence.
Grant actually did a great job getting her to run around and have fun!
After a while, we got the shots we needed and Olivia could go home and escape the heat (yes, it was hot that day.)
We waited until the sun went down, and headed to a spot in Clovis which Kyle and Alice informed me is called “The Dikes.”
It was a very isolated, flat, sort of mournful place with some cool empty roads, and it was the perfect scene to film the part in the book where Jesse is running down the highway. Apparently this was also a spot where high school kids go and party, and we did indeed spot several carloads full of teenagers apparently looking for…what? A party? Some secret type of rave party I never knew existed in Clovis?
(I actually didn’t know what the technical definintion of a dike is, so I looked it up, in case you were wondering, too.)
Okay, there I am to the left, taking a pic of the super awesome drone and looking quite like a Japanese tourist at Disneyland, if I do say so myself. There to the right, are Kyle and Michael, looking very professional and hipsterish and film director-ish, naturally. And Grant in the background, waiting for direction, like the seasoned actor he is. (Naturally.)
at sunset for a reason.
In a word, gorgeous.
I mean, really?
Gah, I’m dying.
Just soo pretty.
(The light, not Kyle and Grant. But okay, they’re pretty too.)
After the running sequence, we ended up at some old
freaky, former serial killer’s shack and filmed a few shots of Grant (aka Jesse) sitting around looking sad. And mad. And…protagonist-y. We kept having to remind Grant that his sister was just taken away, and that he needed to emote anger. But he’s an actor, so he did well. Very well.
So, the shack was actually very very very creepy…
I didn’t want to go inside (see how I am standing OUTSIDE?), because I was certain that cultish animal sacrifices had been performed there, and I didn’t want to take any chances. At all. (But Grant sitting there and acting? Nah, he was fine.) 🙂
In that last caption about Grant needing to emote, I was totally kidding!
Because you know what? He did awesome, guys.
So at the end of the night, we all headed over to my house, where we ordered some pizzas and had Grant read his voice-overs. That part was super fun and interesting. It was great watching Kyle direct Grant and listen to how differently the script can sound, putting emphasis on different words and such.
Grant, doing the voice-overs.
I am so excited to show you all the trailer, and so proud of the work everyone, especially Kyle and Michael, Grant and Olivia, put into making it. Stay tuned until Friday, when I will reveal the book trailer itself.