Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Behind the Scenes: the SHIVER trailer

Okay, as I count down to the final moments of my giant SHIVER ARC contest (still time to enter), I figured I would post some behind the scenes photos from the making of my trailer, for anyone who is interested.

Here's the trailer:

And here, in dazzling pictoral goodness (click for larger), are some of the nitty gritties.

The first scene, with little leaves all ready to fall and drift around. I moved them with the eraser end of a pencil for better grip. They were slippy little bastards. Also, they had to be protected from the cat's butt for weeks before the rest of the scenes were ready.
first panel


Many, many trees for the various scenes. The actual trailer was conducted over about five panels.
Trees from the background


Close-up of said trees. Light colored for farther away, darker for closer.
Trees, close up


A panel that never made it in (that I loved but was ultimately too busy)
A panel that never made it in


A collection of wolf and Grace and Sam parts:
piles of wolf heads


Headless Grace (she had several heads to be able to look down towards Sam the wolf and up to Sam the human) and other parts
Grace parts


The Evolution of Sam. One of them flipped so you can see how most everything was numbered on the back in the order it was supposed to go. I had my sister kneel and stand about eighteen times so that I could quickly sketch the stages and ultimately transfer them to the patterned paper and cut them out.
The Evolution of Sam


Wolf parts. All numbered, of course. Their heads are legion.
Wolf parts, numbered


Close-up of a wolf. See the articulating detachable head. Convenient!
Close up howling wolf


A wolf that didn't get used because I quickly realized I could not animate wolves running and still actually turn in LINGER on time. I'm sticking this puppy (pun totally intended) in one of the giveaway ARCs.
Cut Out Wolf


The leaf, in different sizes. Actually my favorite part of the trailer. One of the frames got lost when my camera overheated (there were six lamps in a three foot area for consistent lighting), making the final scene choppier than it was supposed to be, but there wasn't time for a reshoot.
Leaf parts


More Grace parts.
Grace bits


Sam and Grace, from an angle to see how they are Frankenstein.
Sam Grace


Awww.
Sam Grace with trees



After the photos were taken, they were photo-shopped for color consistency and size, ordered, compiled, duplicated to correct for timing, coordinated with the music, and attached to the video with the title and cover. Ta-da.

42 comments:

ElegantSnobbery said...

Very neat! I have absolutely no clue how to do stop motion videos, but it was cool to see your WIP. Love that last one! Very sweet piece of art. Did you frame it?

Zia said...

I remember doing one of these when I was a kid. I think its a fun, creative process. Thank you for showing it to us. Loved to see how you put it together.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

I'm actually gluing and framing the first frame -- the trees and the leaves. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do with the rest . . .


Zia, thanks. It was really fun.

Carrie said...

That's really incredible. I totally don't have the patience, but really wish I did. Thanks for sharing the how to.

Caffey said...

Wow, that is so neat! I've never done a trailer and I'm so not a techy person so I knew it would be complicated. But even more to do all that designing for it is awesome! I think its one of the best creative videos I've seen! And it so told the story as I watched that. I can't hear at all since I'm deaf, so I don't know if it had any vocal to it, but it didn't need it, it was perfect!

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Thanks, Caffey -- there was no vocals, just music in the background.

Carrie, thank you! I'm not a patient person, but I like doing fiddly things.

ReaderGirl said...

That's incredible Maggie! Geez, you talented people... ;P

Maggie Stiefvater said...

*grin* Thanks.

Esther said...

what about the musicc~~~??
the song is so pretty! :)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Thanks, Esther -- yes, I wrote that song before I did the trailer, and my sister (a violinist) and I went into the studio to record it. Then a bit of cutting to make it fit and voila!

Anonymous said...

hello maggie! Two days ago you gave my father (charlie) a copy of your book "SHIVER" and i would like to thank you for that too! i love the book!!!!! and dont worry ive told almost ALL my freinds about the book! X3 Also,i think when school starts im going to use this book in my book report!-Michelle

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Michelle, I'm so thrilled you liked it! He said that it sounded right up your alley. :) Thanks for passing the word along, too!

Christine said...

Hi Maggie,
You are a true artist. You are an amazing story teller, but also a musician and a videographer? You're incredibly talented and it's clear you really enjoy doing all these things.

Approximately how long does it take you to make the video?

Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Christine, thank you so much! It took me about . . . 36 hours total to do this, if you add all the various hours up. So, yes, slightly insane for just a trailer . . .

Christine said...

You're so very welcome. I actually think 36 hours is fast and by no means do I think it is even slightly insane. I think it's a lovely way to spend your time.

Anonymous said...

your welcome! im thinking about making a music video... because ive been drawing alot of pictures of wolves and stuff since i read the book and also, i drew a couple pictures of sam and grace X3 im gonna scan them and put them in a slide show! -michelle

Maggie Stiefvater said...

That would be very cool!

Michelle said...

i know! also... do you think you can do a VERY TINY favor? i want to have an interveiw with you! i mean like, ill ask you questions here on the blog and you can answer them? oh that would be soo cool X3 -Michelle

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Unfortunately I'm totally swamped with questions -- did you see all the interviews I did for my blog tour? (scroll back through my recent posts to find two big posts full of links) I might have answered your questions already.

Michelle said...

ohhh ok. i can understand how busy you are, considering author! but yea i just finished the book last night it was soooooo good!!! (though i thought the ending was to much of a cliff hanger...) i CANNOT WAIT for the next book!!!!!! i was drooling over each page from the epicness!! (and romance) and in some parts i felt how grace would feel because it so realatible. ugh look at me im rambling! better quit wasting the space here on the blog X3 -Michelle

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Haha, brilliant! Did you really think it was a cliffhanger? I thought it was pretty tied up!

Michellle said...

Well.... i geuss your right i had to read the ending one more time... but yea. yea my freind kailey is trying to find the book. do you know where they might sell it? she cant find it at the borders in fredricksburg...

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Make sure she asks where they have it shelved up there -- they had it in the New section and up front when I was there. Also, they might be sold out -- I know they're doing a new printing because they sold so many.

michelle said...

ohh ok thanks! ill be sure to tell her ^^

A Novel Woman said...

Fantastic! And your music is haunting and beautiful. Perfect for the book.

Anonymous said...

I love the video. I heard from some of my friends that your writing a sequel is it true?

Maggie Stiefvater said...

It's true, the sequel, LINGER, comes out July 20th.

Anonymous said...

I loved Shiver, and can't wait for Linger. I don't know if I'll get an anwser but I just have to ask,Will Linger pick up where Shiver left off,meaning when Sam was cured and came back? If you decide to anwser you can go to my facebook (gavinhahn@live.com)

Maggie Stiefvater said...

I can't answer any spoilery stuff, Gavin, but you can google "Linger review" and you'll get a few clues!

Anonymous said...

Is there anything you can't do? ;)
I loved shiver and linger... but...
a whole year?
I can't wait that long!
It's forever ;D

jazmin said...

omg this sooo amazing and cool love the video special the music<3 love the books shiver linger omg i want to read forever:D

Anonymous said...

wow. You have totally made me fall in love with stop motion! I'm going to attempt one for my film and television class, I only hope to make one as enchanting as yours! :) Maggie. G

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Good luck, Anon!! And thank you!

gabrielaborkowski said...

I'm sorry I'm writing this here, but I jumped at the site of a comments page! Your novels Shiver and Linger just reached to me in ways that other novels just, haven't done so. I smiled like a total idiot, I cried, I laughed, I picked up the guitar that was collecting dust in my room, and I started learning chords. Words just, cannot describe how much I loved your novels, and I am currently sulking because I just finished linger, and July just seems so far away! This video was amazing, and the music was even ...amazinger.

Well, I'm making up words now, which is a sign that I've been talking for too long!

I hope you get to read this, I love you, and your novels! - Gabbi B.

Anonymous said...

What a truly talented artist in every sense. Words, music, and visual display are very beautifully crafted. The song melodies are both soulful and haunting. -Emily

Anonymous said...

This is so amazing! I taught myself to play the piano with "The Golden Woods", because I was so inspired my your trailer. I am working to figure out the violin background, so I can merge the two instruments and create a similar track myself! Thanks for everything you do!

Anonymous said...

Hey maggie your book shiver was like the best.
I just started the series and I LOVE IT.
Great job

Anonymous said...

hey maggie
i'm from germany an i can't english very well
but i like your books so much, they are the best. Unfortunately coms the german version from forever onli in september. I LOVE the books. you write soooooooooooo good. regards to england

Anonymous said...

A very beautiful clip! You're great!

Anonymous said...

i love you and your books i almost cried when i read about sam and grace and you are so talented this trailer proves that. Can't wait for you to write more books!

Anonymous said...

I love it. It would be so cool if they made these into movies like the Hunger Games is doing! I would be one of the first ones to see it!

Unknown said...

Dear Maggie,

I TOTALLY LOVED your last stop-motion movie! You are impressing me as I am new to stop-motion, but definitely your work is top-notch!!

Would you consider doing such a trailer one day for my future book, named "Ludivine", and directly aligned with your style/books? As a freelancer? I would love working with you...

Thanks to come back to me at yannick.jolliet@gmail.com
Enjoy the day :-)
Yannick

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