The ChaNGEMAKERS Blog
It’s a cruel scam that dashes the hopes of thousands of writers and self-publishers to see their book turned into a film. But now there is a GoFundMe campaign and soon a book and film that tell the story of ten writers who lost over $150,000 – up to $20,000-40,000 each, and some really did have potential blockbusters. Instead, the scammers entrapped them into spending money for an offer that turned out to be fake.
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In today’s tumultuous times, life in America and the rest of the world is becoming more and more like life in medieval times, as described in The New American Middle Ages by Gini Graham Scott, PhD, just published by Waterside Press.
The book is based on the premise that today’s growing split between rich and poor is like the divide between royalty, nobles, and rich merchants versus the medieval peasants and artisans. The book makes comparisons between the rise of the medieval kingdoms and the battles between the high tech titans, the division of labor then and now, the parallels between different institutions and lifestyles.
Once you have all of the elements for your sizzle reel in a file format, you are ready to create the sizzle reel. These four elements, as previously noted, include the following:
– the narration as a mp3 or wav file
– a music file (highly recommended) as mp3 or wav file
– the photos or images in a jpg., jpeg., .png, or other accepted format
– the video clips if any in an mp4 or other accepted video format.
The next step is adding in a slide with any credits and information on where viewers can get your book or contact you. Additionally, you want to create some background music for a more professional touch.
Commonly, a sizzle reel includes one or two final slides with the credits and contact information. This can include a website for the book, film, or author if there is one, as well as an email and phone number. If you don’t already have this information in a .JPEG or video format, an easy way to create these slides is as PowerPoint presentation with one or two slides.
Once you set up the script for the narrative and corresponding photos and video clips, you can select these from those you already have. Or you or your video editor can select them from any of the free or paid stock photo and video sources. To save money in creating the sizzle reel, select the photos or clips from your collection or obtain them yourself from one of the stock photo and video sources. This will save the video editor time in searching for the photos and clips and then getting your approval before buying them.
Once you finalize the script, the next step is to set it up for the narration by breaking it down into sentences or phrases which correspond to the images or video...
Once you decide to create a sizzle reel, which can be a book or script trailer or promotional video for any kind of product or service, you need the following major elements to create it. You can do this yourself, though if you are not experienced with video editing or don’t want to learn how to use a video platform, you can hire a video editor to create the sizzle reel for you.
A typical sizzle reel is about 2 minutes, ranging from about 90 seconds to 3 minutes, and is composed of these major elements:
1) A voice-over narration (and/or text, though not recommended)
2) Photos or video clips
3) One or more slides with text, usually for your website and contact information
4) Some background music to accompany the narration and contact information
When I think about this past year, the pandemic has actually changed me for the better, though there are many things I have missed.
Like everyone else, I miss the many one-on-one canceled meetings, so I have lost my usual connections with the business community, since I used to go to regular Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and Danville Chambers of Commerce meetings and other networking events.
I have also missed going to conferences, conventions, and happy hours put on by various groups I belong to.
We can help you with different types of writing, working from your rough draft, notes, transcripts of talks or workshops, or interviews with you by phone or in person.
We can also help you strategize what to write about and use your writing to brand and promote yourself or your company to become a thought leader or expert in your niche.