A Truth Stranger Than Fiction — Book Trailer

For the 3rd novel in my Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, I decided I wanted to juice up the book promotion. So, in addition to hiring a publicity company to drive the book launch after January 1, I made a little book trailer.

My thanks go out to Jill Cassidy—the talented voiceover artist who narrates the trailer—as well as all of the talented and generous photographers whose images I was able to use for free under a Creative Commons license. Following are the complete trailer credits:

 

Writer, Editor, Director: Chris Orcutt

Executive Producer: Alexas Orcutt

Narrator: Jill Cassidy
http://voice123.com/jilliancassidy

Theme Music: “La búsqueda de Ianna” by Epic Soul Factory
http://goo.gl/WJREBM

Sound Consultant: Tony Scotto

Book Cover: Lisa DeSpain

Original Dakota Stevens Cover Design: Elisabeth Pinio

 

PHOTOGRAPHS USED IN TRAILER:

* The following are listed in order of their appearance in the trailer. All photos were used under a Creative Commons license that allowed for commercial reuse and modification. Unless otherwise specified, all photos were color originally and were cropped for the trailer. Thanks go out to these talented photographers for making their works available under Creative Commons.

Remko van Dokkum, “MacBook Pro Backlit Keyboard”
http://goo.gl/E5s4zR

David Iliff, “New York Midtown Skyline at Night”
http://goo.gl/n7FMVq

Ken, “Guns & Ammo 1”
http://goo.gl/L8glx5

Kumweni, “Fifth Avenue, New York”
http://goo.gl/1N9res

Milosz1, “Microscope”
http://goo.gl/JUe4Aq

Aleksandr Doodko, “Cool Businessman Standing on Dark Gradient Background”

Adrian Askew, “Reflected Chess Pieces”
http://goo.gl/3UGXem

Gabriel Saldana, “Img_0055 (Runway Legs)”
http://goo.gl/521ySP

Cliffano Subagio, “Brooklyn Bridge Traffic Leaving Manhattan”
http://goo.gl/f7qvQd

Glenn Beltz, “New York Penn Station”
* Already B&W
http://goo.gl/lO9laH

HELVETICA, “The Waves of Maine”
http://goo.gl/U4PV9y

Katharine Shields, “Scenic Camden, ME”
http://goo.gl/HheeBV

Kim Carpenter, “At Schoodic Point, Maine 8607”
http://goo.gl/3qbV19

Colin, “Circuit de la Sarthe 2009_3”
* Car driving away at night
http://goo.gl/R3Zbjv

Angela N., “Upper East Side”
http://goo.gl/18HOOh

Dov Harrington, “11-24-09 (Madison Square Park)”
http://goo.gl/tPLBvd

David Simmonds, “Time in a Bottle (Woman Silhouette)”
* Originally B&W
http://goo.gl/i2heKN

Timothy Tsui, “A Special M4 Carbine for a Specialist”
http://goo.gl/A2StTR

Carol M. Highsmith, “Washington, D.C. – 2007 Aerial View”
http://goo.gl/OrMPSM

Andy Rusch, “Challenger 300 – N306MF”
http://goo.gl/e5Gmbn

Tim Evanston, “Long Long Road – North Dakota”
http://goo.gl/AY1Inx

Nic McPhee, “Sunset at the Buffalo Ridge Wind Farm”
http://goo.gl/8VL5f9

NASA Goddard, “Satellite View of the Americas”
http://goo.gl/yveW0x

Mike Lewinsky, “Autumn Moon No. 1”
http://goo.gl/C79P8R

Jason Scott, “Headshot of Chris Orcutt”
http://goo.gl/d7XD6w

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By Chris Orcutt

Writer — The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, Short fiction, Plays — Editor & Speechwriter for Hire — Avid Golfer, Chess Player & Awesome Wood-Splitter — Twitter: @chrisorcutt

Comments (3)

  1. Stephen Campbell December 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I’m not normally a fan of book trailers, but that was fabulous. Nice work by everyone involved.

    • Chris Orcutt December 23, 2014 at 1:11 am

      Thanks so much, Steve. It’s really nice to hear you say that. I actually loathe book trailers (I don’t believe I’ve watched one all the way through; the entire conceit—a “movie” preview of a book?—repulses me). Initially, I hated the idea of doing one for the new book, but Alexas encouraged me to do it, Jill wanted to do it, and so it went. Anyway, thanks for the kudos. I already told Jill of your compliment. She was touched. Have a great holiday. —Chris

  2. melissa December 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Chris that was wonderful. I love the way the trailer was put together. Congratulations! Great pictures.