Each week a member of The Indie Exchange will be sharing their trailer and the story behind it. This week, it’s Alberta Ross and The Sefuty Chronicles.
Alberta Ross says: “I decided to create a series of book trailers for my publications at the end of 2011. Finances are very tight so I couldn’t afford a professional and that may well work against them. I joined up to a ‘Make your own book trailer’ workshop on savvy authors and worked out how to use Movie Maker, already loaded onto the computer, and began. It is very difficult! The hardest, I think, for a wordy person such as myself is the cutting text down to the barest minimum. This part took the whole three weeks. In the meantime, when there is a storyboard, relevant pictures needed to be found. In the books I have deliberately given no clues as to what the characters look like – apart from green eyed Ferals – so I could not use faces at all.
Then there was the music, I trawled the web for weeks, listened to hundreds of clips of royalty free music, then finding one that I liked for the ending but nothing at all I wanted for the beginning, I downloaded a programme for creating your own music. It works by joining together and mixing snippets of musical notes. That process took even longer as I have never done anything like that before, but it was fun. I started with The Sefuty Chronicles because the whole point of the Chronicles is that back story, the reasons why the world is trashed. Then each Chronicle will have a shorter version. Ellen’s Tale is done, I am working on The Storyteller’s Tale and Jack’s Tale now.”
Ellen’s Tale is set in a world of post climate change, catastrophic, global wars over resources have decimated the world’s population. The survivors are divided into City dwellers secure behind walls and those exsisting behind the false security of land mines, intended to be removed after the wars but still remaining 50 years later.
2162: Two archivists, Ris and Maia, are researching the story of Ellen Welfitt,sheltered City girl and Bix Sefune,a genetically altered soldier. Of the effect their love for each other had on history. Their research concentrates on 50 year old archival material. A second love story emerges through the incomplete correspondence between Ris and Maia.
Although the back history is horrific,Ellen’s Tale is itself a hopeful and kindly story of two young people who, against all odds,fall in love and make a life for themselves.
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