Friday, August 7, 2009

On Location With My Book Trailer

Here are some publicity shots from my upcoming book trailer for Heroes of the Fallen. We have gone all out hiring some big names to portray main characters and a supporting cast of extras numbering in the tens.

Here is a wide shot of some of the leading actors and actress's of my book trailer. Pictured from left to right are Taharka the Nubian, Bethia a Nephite runaway, Amaron a Nephite captain, Reuben a lovable old coot and Ezra his nephew a reformed Gadianton apprentice. These were not necessarily the actors I wanted but they were within budget and they were also the actors that the director hired, I had no say. I regret that due to contractual issues I cannot release the names of any of them.

Here is the actress portraying the villianess Lilith. I argued with the director that she should not be wearing this guady get-up for her scenes but he over-ruled me in favor of appealing to the favorite of common denominators. I said this book is not geared toward common denominators but he said it was, I just didn't know it yet.

Dramatic moment of spine tingling action when the actor portraying Amaron fights the actor portraying the Nubian Taharka. I discussed problems of setting with the director as this scene is supposed to be out of doors but he insisted that his vision would allow my "humble little story" as he refers to it to shine out from under the bushel I was hiding it with.

Here is the actress portraying Bethia the runaway Nephite heroine. I argued with the director the deceased John Huston (I love Treasure of the Sierra Madre) that this actress was all wrong, Bethia is a brunette but through the ouija board with which we communicate for said project he insisted that if he was going to be attached to this book trailer that he got the actors and actors he wanted. Alright fine.

Here is the actress portraying the Lamanite princess Sayame, again I tried to reason with the director but to no avail.

Actor portraying the ruthless Judge Hiram, a Gadianton master. Here he demonstrates the proper method of shielding your train of vision from the bright sun despite the fact that he is within a closed set indoors. He was not hired for his common sense.

Rare shot of actor portraying Amaron and actress portraying Bethia in a Lamanite city set wherein neither are ever actually at within the book, nor are they ever in the same scene together within the book. This may call for a serious rewrite.

A tense moment when the actor portraying Anathoth the Ishmaelite general really tried to take down the caterer for giving him luke warm Postum.

The actress portraying Bethia offering a refreshing beverage to the cameraman. It was not Postum.

Between shooting the cast really like to take breaks from the tense battle scenes and loosen up with some joking around as well as some impromptu musical numbers.

Again the actress portraying Lilith taking her cat for a walk near the set.

Here is a good shot at the band relaxing between developing the score for the complicated fight scenes.


Th. said...


The Rockin Seven Samurai are my favorite band of all time! How did you get them?!?!

Karlene said...

LOL. Personally, I think the casting of Lilith is spot on.

Karen Gowen said...

I think this post is probably way better than any book trailer would have been!! Good job, I was laughing out loud and showing it to everyone.

David J. West said...


the Rockin 7 samurai luckily had a window in their touring schedule.

I thought Valirie Leon was fine to cast for Lilith, I just never dressed her as such in the book.

This came to me after the first ball I got rolling for a book trailer dropped.

I'll still get something going though, I've got a plan B and C.

Cathy Witbeck said...

Great book cover, and what a cast.
Amazing whose looking for work these days.

David J. West said...

Thanks Cathy, its a pack of Diva's out there.

hi, it's me! melissa c said...

Looks like a great movie! I'll have to see it! That main character looks so familiar!

David J. West said...

yeah I think he's been in a couple of other things and possibly politics too

Kimberly said...

Well, I was teetering back and forth...should I buy the book when it comes out, should I not? But with a book trailer cast like this one, how can I resist?

David J. West said...

Thanks Kim, I'd like to think you won't be dissapointed.

If you are---hit me up for a refund, the next time we share a table at the LDStorymakers conference.

Karen Gowen said...

David, have you noticed that this post is the first one WiDo is featuring on their website? On the Author Blog page. Congratulations! Another feather in your cap, or your beret.

Karen Gowen said...

Or your helmet.

David J. West said...

Karen,I hadn't looked yet, thanks for keeping me posted.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

too, too funny, David! I'm cracking up!

Anonymous said...

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David J. West said...

Thanks Anon, just took me awhile to realize someone commented this far back in the timeline.