I was looking for one specific clip on YouTube for this post, but I couldn’t find it. I expect it was DMCAed away. And since I lack video editing software (not to mention the necessary PC horsepower), I couldn’t re-create the clip for this.
Nonetheless, I found one sorta kinda clip as a substitute. And tripped across another clip I didn’t expect.
So as not to clog the loading of this page for people with weak PCs (that would primarily be me), I’m placing these after the break.
This first one is the sorta kinda clip. I had in mind one that had a single character delivering an interior soliloquy. Instead, this voice over with extensive action will have to substitute. Like last time, imagine this as the opening to a digital book — or even to a chapter in a digital book:
This second clip was serendipitous. It reminded me most of all of the framing provided by the theme visuals to the TV series Miami Vice (pop over to YouTube to see that).
This video could be used in two ways:
1) It could be a capsule summary of a prior book in a series
2) It could actually substitute for a chapter in a book. Pay attention to all of the action that takes place in it and imagine having to write out all that in a detailed yet engaging manner.
I know there will be writers out there who will strenuously object to these examples — some with utter disgust and contempt.
Well then, think of these as fodder for the writers who are coming up after you.
One other thing: these clips explicitly show actors in them. That’s not really recommended for video in digital books. Characters in video are best shot with their faces unshown (and there are more creative ways than just hiding faces in shadows — ask any experienced filmmaker). This would enable easy dubbing — if dialogue is used — into other languages for international editions and also not implant character images in a reader’s mind. (That especially is a no-no. For if a book is licensed for movie or TV, people will expect to see the face or faces from the digital book video.)