The Making of a Book Trailer

I love when things work out like this.

A couple months ago, Alison Harmon (the professor behind Lentils: Gems in the Treasure State) told me she knew a graduate student at Montana State University who might be able to make us a book trailer.  She introduced me by email to Marcus Hockett, who promptly set up a Dropbox folder, and told me to start sending him content.

I had a bunch of photos and some great footage from a 1991 Farm Tour at Dave Oien’s place, but no real idea what to do about audio.  So I asked my musician neighbor, Chris Houston, if he could record me doing some narration.  He invited me over to his studio and we had the narration knocked out in about 10 minutes.  As I was leaving, he asked if I had plans for the music, and I told him I didn’t, but that I’d appreciate his advice.  Two hours later, I had an mp3 in my inbox.  Chris just sat down to the piano and wrote us original music!

Of course, I was very excited to send all of this to Marcus.  This trailer was coming together!

And then, earlier today, Marcus sent me the final cut.  Amazing!  I love all the little touches – the cut to “high fructose corn syrup” on the nutrition label, the shot of lentils in a bowl, and of course, the vintage footage of “Lentil Cowboy” Jim Sims.

If you haven’t already, go to the homepage and check it out.