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“The Life Plan” book trailer

As a very late wedding gift to my friend Sybil Baker, I told her I’d make a book trailer for her upcoming book, called “The Life Plan.”  Actually, when she first started talking to me about a book trailer, I didn’t even know what that meant.  But it’s basically a short video advertisement for a book, the same way a movie trailer is a short video advertisement for a movie.  The genre is still young and fresh, and there aren’t many expectations for what goes in a book trailer.  Obviously, unlike a movie trailer, there’s no footage you can steal from the movie to edit into a commercial.  So you gotta make up something from scratch, which is what I did.

“The Life Plan” is a comedic novel about a woman who travels to Thailand, has a bunch of crazy adventures, and ends up going through a bit of a life change.  I made the trailer from a combination of still images of Thailand and video images of Thailand, along with a smattering of stock photos.  Best of all, I did the whole thing without having to do a single shoot to create new footage.  But that meant I had to get creative about where to find footage.  Turns out the Internet Archive had most of what I needed, and Wikipedia had some of the rest.  We also got stills from a friend of Sybil.

And much to my surprise, I was able to make the whole thing using only iMovie.  I assumed I’d run into a road block and have to switch over to using Final Cut Pro, but that wasn’t the case.  In fact, there’s one short clip that could only be done in iMovie ’09 – the animated line showing the journey from Washington DC to Bangkok.  That’s a new iMovie ’09 feature, so I figured I had to use it!

The book comes out March 2, 2009 from Casperian Books.  But you can pre-order it online.  Visit Sybil’s website for more details on that.

Also, here’s a blog post I wrote with my opinions about iMovie after finishing my first project with it.  (shhhhh, don’t tell Sybil this was my first project ever using iMovie, or she might get the idea I had no idea what I was doing; or, on the other hand, maybe she’ll be that much more in awe of my skills that I can just pick up a new tool and make something wonderful using it based on my skills with similar tools)

The voice-over was read by my friend Susan Dorsey, whose short film “Clockwise” I’ve been working on since about August.  It’s nice having some friends with acting talent for times like this.  I co-wrote the voice-over script with Sybil and her husband Rowan.  The music came from one of the demo songs from Apple Garage Band, and so perfectly fit the feel of what I wanted to achieve that I didn’t feel I needed to add anything to it.

And now, since you’ve made it this far in my rambling blog article, you get to watch the YouTube version of the book trailer:

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CAKE

CAKE

“I dont want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

— George W. Bush

Beth and I went to see the band Cake perform at the Denver Botanic Gardens last night.  Today, I went to check out their website and found the above quote on the front page.

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Lenny Kravitz = musical genius

I’ve never owned a Lenny Kravitz album before.  But a couple months ago I heard a song on the radio that was such an authentic homage to Led Zeppelin that it just blew me away.  And so I had to buy his newest CD.  The song is called “Bring it On” and the album is his latest – “It Is Time For A Love Revolution.”

The composition and arrangement are totally like something Zeppelin would’ve done circa 1971.  The only thing missing is the squeak from Bonham’s Ludwig Speed King kick drum pedal.  Nice job, Lenny.

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The Fixx

About a year ago, I rediscovered my love of The Fixx.  Remember them?  They were sort of a new wave pop group that was big in the 80’s.  So I got their first two CDs, and have really enjoyed listening to them.  I got to wondering whatever happened to them, and found that they’ve actually more or less stayed together all these years.

Recently, I added a few more of their albums to my Amazon.com wish list.  And Beth really came through for me.  She got me 3 CDs by The Fixx for Christmas!

According to Wikipedia, here is their discography.  The ones in bold I own.

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here’s what I think

Many of you couldn’t give a damn, but if you want to know my opinions, here they are.

My book and product reviews (Amazon.com)

My reviews of restaurants outside Broomfield, Colorado (Google Local)

My reviews of restaurants in Broomfield, Colorado  (broomfieldrestaurantreviews.com)

My movie reviews (IMBD)

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Drivel Music Travel

Ahoy, matey! Yogic shalom in the Small Country!

I went to yoga class this evening, for the first time in several years.  It was good; my flexibility sucks.  One benefit of our annual Broomfield Parks and Rec membership is we can just drop in on any yoga, spinning, or pilates class for free anytime we want.  I wonder how I’ll feel in the morning.  It was a tough class, and my knee started hurting during part of it.

In other news, I’m going to Israel for two weeks in October, for work.  My first time to the middle east.

At the moment, I’m listening to “The Best of Big Country.”  Remember that band?  I don’t own the CD, but thanks to Simplify Media, I’m listening to it over the internet from my friend’s iTunes library.  You can share your music, too.  And in exchange you get access to my 34 gigabyte iTunes library.  Just be my Simplify Media friend.

Last but not least, don’t you dare forget that tomorrow (Wednesday September 19) is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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Conviviality U

Here’s where I’ll be on August 11. You should be there, too. Recognize the guy standing in the middle of the poster?

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laughing my ass off

I forgot I had this album on my iPod, but I just dialed in “Loved Like a Milkshake” which is the tribute album to Wesley Willis.  I’m not sure I’ve even listened to this thing before, but I’m having a really hard time concentrating on work because I’m laughing so hard.  I highly recommend you download this thing (it’s free) and give it a listen.  Especially if you’re a fan of Wesley Willis, but even if you’re not.

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Dylan Hears A Who!

Ever wonder how Bob Dylan would sound singing Dr. Seuss books?  Well here is your chance to find out:

Dylan Hears A Who!

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sophomore successes

It’s reasonably rare that a musical group’s 2nd album is as good as their 1st.  Many factors play into what’s often called the “sophomore slump” and I applaud a group that can break out of the slump and produce a 2nd album better than their 1st.

Two bands come to mind immediately: Van Halen and Iron Maiden.

Please leave a comment if you can think of another band whose second release is as good as or better than their first.  I wanna hear what you have to say!

And if you want to know why Van Halen and Iron Maiden come to mind, just let me know.