Fiction, Monologues, Plays & More
Like it or not, books and theater are in constant competition against movies and television for your entertainment attentions. At this point, we’re used to movie and TV trailers – we sit through a 20-minute mess of trailers before seeing a movie (at a theater or on DVD or even online at this point) and we’ve gotten pretty quick at deciding whether or not we’re going to drop $18 to see a movie based on those 1 to 3 minutes of trailer time.
With the expansion of art available to us as consumers of entertainment, it should come to no surprise that book and theater trailers are rather expected and necessary. They help make sure each new book release or production doesn’t automatically get lost in the tidal wave of choices. On one hand: I hate this…books and theater provide such a different experience than film that to try to capture that using film seems to strip it of the intimacy and immediacy books and theater create. On the other hand: I love this…a trailer can say so much and still say so little, it can capture the identity of the author or theater company and the atmosphere of the book and production without having to really explain itself.
Creating a trailer for books and theater really is an art in itself, and no matter how you feel about it, it keeps books and theater current and competitive in a market saturated with flashy pictures.
Below are a few trailers I’ve enjoyed – all very different, all work in varying degrees in different ways. Some were found through a great article at The Rumpus, which has a few more interesting book trailers if you’re interested.
I haven’t read any of these books…yet. But I did see both productions – and the trailers represent the shows very well.
What do you think? Any trailers you think were just fantastic?
BOOK: Blackbirds and Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
Simple, atmospheric, all about tone and the words.
BOOK: SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY by Gary Shteyngart
A funny, interview style trailer.
BOOK: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
More of a traditional movie style trailer but still effective.
BOOK: Night Terrors by Ashley Cardiff (Uncensored)
Animated, funny and seems to capture the voice of the writer pretty damn well (assuming that’s really her narrating?) Don’t watch if you’re overly sensitive to sexual…anything.
THEATER: White Hot by Tommy Smith, produced by The Vagrancy
Captures a feeling, a darkness rather than summarizing the story – major props to Andie Bottrell for putting this together.
THEATER: D is for Dog by Katie Polebaum, Sean T. Cawelti and Rogue Artists Ensemble, produced by Rogue Artists Ensemble
Fun, mysterious and highlights the design aspects the Rogues are known for – major props to filmmaker Devin Schiro for getting this done.
Chelsea Sutton holds a BA in Literature from The College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her plays have had readings and productions in Santa Barbara, New York and Los Angeles and she is currently participating in workshops with the Skylight Theatre Playlab and The Vagrancy Writers Group, as well as spearheading ECT’s writers group, Eclectic Voices. Her play The Dead Woman, was recently named a Semifinalist in the Eugene O’Neill Playwrighting Conference 2013. Her fiction has appeared in The Best of Farmhouse Magazine, The Catalyst, Spectrum, and Fictionade, and she was the 2011 Winner of NYC Midnight’s Flash Fiction Contest. Her story The Tick and the Tocking received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She is a member of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. WithCoffeeSpoons.com