School Starting – Cool Project!

It is that time of year again, and with my own son starting high school, it reminded me of a very cool project my sister and I did two years ago to support the release of my novel, THE WILCO PROJECT.

Strawberry Crest High SchoolIn June of 2010 I signed a contract with Solstice Publishing, and after a couple of months of editing, the publisher announced a release date of October 31–I know, Halloween, very cool, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I really wanted to make a book trailer in preparation for the launch. I came to the conclusion I wanted my book trailer to be like a movie trailer (as opposed to a group of still pictures linked together). The problem was that I had no experience in shooting video and no access actors and equipment. Then it came to me, see if the local high school drama department might be interested in producing the book trailer.

I contacted my sister, Teri Locke, a teacher and the head of drama club at Strawberry Crest High School, and she agreed to let me pitch the idea at the first drama club meeting. At the meeting when I asked the kids if anyone would be interested, almost every hand in the group shot up.

In the end, a group of very talented high school drama students wrote, shot, and produced an incredible, Hollywood movie-style trailer for my book. Take a look:

So with the new school year picking up again, any cool projects on the horizon?

– Dan