I'd created a trailer for The Cold Forever a month or so ago, but it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to. I wasn't happy with it. It was a bit cheesy, if I'm being honest with myself.
It's gone now. I'd wiped that particular transgression from the internet... IT IS NO MORE!
But I still needed a trailer. If an author is serious about distributing his or her book to a wider audience, they should really have one done. For my second attempt, I decided to forgo using an actual person and concentrated hard on the message. I wanted it to be cool, mysterious.
But mostly, I wanted it to be visually interesting.
I'd come up with the idea of showing a few seconds of some old NASA science program I'd found while visiting a public domain video library. It's great. Uploaded from a beta tape... A BETA TAPE! It has everything I wanted. That fuzzy, 80's distortion. Tape artifacting. The works, in other words. I used that footage as a signal that gets, abruptly, interrupted, or hijacked, by one of the main characters in the book.
He ends up delivering an ominous message to humanity, which is not part of the book. And then the title is revealed along with other pertinent information. I'm pretty proud of it... I don't have any of those lingering doubts I had with the first try. It's pretty great.
But enough of me going on and on about it. Have a look for yourself!
Let me know what you thought!