Friday, May 17, 2013

A new trailer for the Skipper's Child!

With just days left till the votes for the People's Book Prize close, I have finally managed to put together a short trailer for the Skipper's Child. A bit late, I know, but there's still the final voting to do, so it might help!

It's taken me far too long to do as I struggle with the new film editing programme I have. I just don't understand how it works and nearly chucked my poor undeserving laptop into the drink. The thing is, the old programme I had was much more user friendly to someone who is familiar with real film editing. I used to help to with editing for a film company in my former life. But the new iMovie is designed for people with gadgets (iPads and the like) that I don't have.

In particular, I have problems adding music to movies now, so luckily for me, Koos came to the rescue and added it on his computer. Even better, the music is his own composition, so I am very happy about that.

Nevertheless, there's still a disappointment in that YouTube has compressed the film so much, the music is a bit out of sync with video now. We will see if we can correct it, but for now, here it is!

UPDATE: Here is a much better version! Thanks again to Koos for fixing the sync (and the sink) for me today :-)


  1. Well, you are very self-critical, probably because you are very close to the making of it, but it works well and conveys the spirit of the story! I liked this very much. Well done and good luck with the vote! :)

  2. Thank you, Christina. I'm afraid I have a short fuse when it comes to things that don't work as I think they should, so I tend to lose patience, especially when I have managed well in the past. I enjoy film editing and it was something I did quite a bit of when I was involved in the industry, but that was in the days of paper cutting and VHF videos. The original iMovie programme was very similar to the first digital editing programmes, but it's now all geared to iPhones and touch screens, so it's a new generation of editing that I can't seem to get to grips with. I'll master one of these days, but probably at the point when they change it all to something else :-)

  3. By the way, I don't really expect anything from the vote, but it's been fun. The Skipper's Child is not a real children's book so it's probably in the wrong category. It's much more Young Adult fiction, but they don't have a section for that. It's given me some exposure and for that I am very grateful!

  4. Koos, you're truly multitalented! Great background tunes!

  5. I thought the trailer was amazing and very professional, as Christina says it sums up the spirit of the story. I think you deserve to win (ok I might be a little biased!). Good luck though xxx

  6. ooh, I so want to come for a visit! Clever You. They'd be mad not to give you the prize!!

  7. Looks good to me, Val - and I'm looking at a watery place as I write. (Sent from Venice!!)

  8. I am very impressed, Val! And I was wondering if the music was "home grown", too. It's great!
    I can see my copy of "The Skipper's Child" from where I sit.
    All the best of luck with the award!

  9. Oops, I thought I'd responded to these comments. So sorry for my lapse, ladies and gentleman Tom!

    Yes, Tom, Koos is multi-talented, I agree :-)

    Fran and Carol, if getting the award were down to my kind friends, I'd be up there with Freddie Forsyth himself, but I'm afraid there's a bit more to it than just my home-made trailer. Thank you so much in any event xx

    Jo, maybe you'll be writing your own version of Watery Ways when you get back!

    Dale, It's nice to feel that apart from the software (Koos hasn't started on programming yet as far as I know), the whole thing is homegrown! Thank you again and as always for your good wishes xx

  10. Hi Val .. the video is great - well done and I love Koos' music .. the whole blended well together ..

    Good luck with the promotion etc ..

    Congratulations too on putting the video together ... clever you!

    Cheers Hilary

  11. Hi Val, I tried to change the settings on my blog, to no avail, despite my settings telling me it's changed. Maybe there's a delay... I'll check in more often, I promise. x

  12. The trailer is beautiful Val .
    U deserve all prizes

  13. Thanks, Anne Marie. That's very strange indeed. Ah well. It's lovely to see you here anyhow!

    Grace. That's very sweet of you, dear. I didn't make it into the finals, but I did my best :-)

  14. Hi Val! Sorry you didn't make it to the finals! Nice trailer anyway! And I've said this before: You should go on and try to make a TV-series for kids out of this book! I think that SVT of Sweden and YLE of Finland could cooperate, I've seen some stuff for youth on the telly here that was made in cooperation with the public TV of the Netherlands and the Nordic countries!

  15. Thanks so much, Hans. It sounds like a lovely idea to have it as a TV series. I just don't know how I should go about it here though. When I have time, I'll investigate!


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