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Shanmugam

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Need feedback on book trailer
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 11:31 AM
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After publishing my very first book in paperback, I also created my very first book trailer, after understanding the potential of a book trailer. I used some free videos and a music track with creative common licence to make one. I am looking for some honest feedback on this 2-minute trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E76WsCFyjio
C. Gold

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Re: Need feedback on book trailer
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 1:11 PM   in response to: Shanmugam in response to: Shanmugam
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People called him Buddha
it means the awakened one...

This text flashed too quickly for me to read through the second line. Other than that, I'd say the timing worked fairly well for all the rest of the text. And nice transition effects!
Tinkerbell

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Re: Need feedback on book trailer
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 4:47 PM   in response to: Shanmugam in response to: Shanmugam
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Doesn't quite do it. All a bit snowflakey and skipping along throwing petals. It says "science agrees with Buddha on many things" but don't say what it agrees on.

Transitions are a bit amateur and the whole thing doesn't create an urge in me to go and investigate the book further.

Speed it up a little and grab the viewer with a revelation or great promise of something special, not just the usual B/S of incense burning and gong-bashing.

Tink
Brad the wronger

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Re: Need feedback on book trailer
Posted: Dec 4, 2017 5:26 PM   in response to: Tinkerbell in response to: Tinkerbell
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the usual B/S of incense burning

Whenever I see my mother in law burn incense for her parents, her husband, both of her sons and one of her daughters, it doesn't seem like BS or snowflakey to me.
Shanmugam

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Re: Need feedback on book traileri
Posted: Dec 5, 2017 2:54 AM   in response to: Brad the wronger in response to: Brad the wronger
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Thanks for the replies..

Tinkerbell , You said 'It says "science agrees with Buddha on many things" but don't say what it agrees on.'.. That is the subject of the book, so it is actually revealed in the book. Do you think I should have worded it differently?

C. Gold , thank you..Yes, you are right.. I felt the text flashed very quickly too. But I was also concerned if this problem is there in the whole first part of the video. Thanks for the clarification.
B.L. Alley

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Re: Need feedback on book trailer
Posted: Dec 6, 2017 8:25 PM   in response to: Shanmugam in response to: Shanmugam
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It's too wordy even for a print blurb. Either use the visual aspect of the medium to convey part of the blurb, or reduce the imagery to only the most appealing and edit the text to the essential points.

The ISS and end flyover shots are nice. Add one or two more like that with simplified text. Also, don't place video text over your book cover, it gives it a sense of insignificance. Instead, display the book cover prominently so the viewer can see it as they learn where to buy the book.
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