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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 17 2013 3:14 AM UTC +00:00
$31,835
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
112
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 17 2013 3:14 AM UTC +00:00

About

Simply Stated...

  • We love books and want to create trailers for them.  We have assembled the talent, established a unique production methodology and devised a business model where even self publishers and authors can realize value from their investment.
  • While we can create some awesome and interesting stuff, the problem is the distribution of these trailers.
  • So we thought about it and had to bite the bullet to develop a new kind of website -- to house the trailers -- which will create a unique discovery experience, an enhanced version of wandering through a bookstore.

Trailers for Books

In case you didn't know, a “trailer” for a book is a short clip, one to two minutes long, that gives readers an opportunity to “peek-inside” a book before purchasing and downloading it – or ordering it for physical shipment. This is the equivalent of the trailers used to promote movies but tailored to the book format.

We believe that with an interactive, creative and artistic mix of images, animations, paintings, interviews of the authors, audio and musical sound bites, and more, a trailer for a book will tease people’s imagination and provide the viewer with the digital experience of browsing the back-cover of a book, combined with the deep emotional immersion of reading a book.

Below, watch a sample trailer we created in homage to a great NY story.  With proper funding, our trailers will be fully interactive.

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The concept of trailers for books is not new; publishers and authors have occasionally used short video clips to promote books.  However, these clips vary greatly in quality and, unlike film trailers, trailers for books cannot easily be found on the internet and explored in one single location. They are often disseminated on online book review sites, dedicated book sites, etc.

One Website to House Them All

MONTAGE, therefore, intends to establish a centralized repository website where readers can find a large selection of trailers for books produced not only by our creative team but by any and all other production companies.

The website will be free.  We hope that it will not only facilitate the discovery, exploration and selection of book titles but also create traffic and need for the trailers themselves.

Our proposed website is NOT designed to purchase books but will provide a convenient browsing experience to explore book titles and preview their associated trailers.

To convey the sense of discovery and exploration that we typically experience when walking through a bookstore, the website will be articulated around navigation that involves the internal gyroscope of tablets and/or click through a digitally rendered bookstore.

The user will rotate its device to explore the shelves, tables and corners of the digital bookstore and click on titles to launch trailers.

Clicking to Watch a Trailer that Looks Interesting
Clicking to Watch a Trailer that Looks Interesting

The Grand Plan

  • Four trailers produced in-house by January 2014
  • Prototype website platform running and "useable" by end of January 2014
  • Beta website running by end of February 2014 with content
  • Fully envisioned working website by April 2014

Uses of Kickstarter Proceeds

  • To produce a portfolio of 4 trailers for "classic" works to show off our capabilities
  • To create a newly imagined website to house, catalog and distribute trailers

For Our Beloved Backers

Besides encouraging people to read more and bringing pages to life, we will be giving out some rewards - all of which are produced by the MONTAGE team.

Our Team

Risks and challenges

"CRACKING THE CODE" FOR TRAILERS
To read is to engage in an act of imaginative personalization, not only of the narrative but also of the images, setting, etc. Therefore, strictly relying on a literal film representation of plots from the book for our trailers would not fully engage the readers' imagination. We believe that the trailers will require a more creative and artistic combination of images, animations, audio and musical sound bites to tease people's imagination in a way that will be conducive to wanting to read the book. Our team includes literary erudites, visual artists and filmmakers with a common interest in exploring more evocative storytelling techniques.

MAKING TRAILERS FOR BOOKS EASY TO FIND AND FUN TO BROWSE
The central website for the trailers is intended to provide an exploratory and engaging browsing experience, more tantamount to a game than to online retailing. While our team counts engineers with an eye for design, MONTAGE invited Shannon to join our Advisory Board. Shannon is a programmer, game designer, producer, snowboarder, runner, and occasional adventure hiker. A veteran of three (successful) start-ups, with over 20 years of experience, he has worked at all levels: programmer, technical director, executive producer, and light bulb replacer. Straightforward and direct, he is at home with engineers, designers, artists, executives, and fans from the game community. In particular, Shannon will be our sounding board for the website interface and navigation system, which in many ways echoes a game environment.

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    Gratitude for being a part of making our vision a reality!

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    A MONTAGE sticker with our tagline "Adventure, Arts & Storytelling" to remember to explore, dream and share.

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    A fabulous “MONTAGE” T-shirt and our gratitude!

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    YOUR PICK: A signed copy of Paul’s poetry volume "Say Again All" or a signed DVD of Victoria’s award winning documentary “House of Bones” which is about the final summer at an old grand family home on Martha's Vineyard before its sale following the death of the matriarch.

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    THE COLLECTOR PACKAGE: A signed DVD of Victoria’s award winning documentary “House of Bones” + a signed copy of Paul’s poetry volume "Say Again All".

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    BEST OF MONTAGE: A DVD with all of the trailers produced as part of this project. Minimum 4 trailers from our selected classics plus any other trailers we will produce as part of this campaign's activities.

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    FOR NY RESIDENTS (OR VISITORS): A private bike tour of Brooklyn by Catalina, including the discovery of unique street art. MONTAGE cameras will be rolling throughout the ride to memorialize if for you. Estimated delivery will depend on weather conditions, but no later than April 2014.

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    FOR WRITERS: A creative brief for your literary work that can be used by any producer of trailers for books to create your own trailer.

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    PORTRAIT SPECIAL: An oil portrait of you painted by Emeka. He will work from a photo of you and paint an oil portrait, which you and your descendants can enjoy for generations to come.

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    FOR WRITERS: 30 seconds trailer for your book. Our team will create for you a tailor made trailer to promote your literary work. We will deliver a high quality clip, combining a creative mix of video, animation, music and text. We will distribute the trailer on our website where it will be featured prominently on our landing page and you will get a copy that you can distribute as you see fit.

    FOR OTHERS: 30 seconds video portrait of you. It will combine animation, audio interviews, drawings, photos and more to capture your very spirit for posterity -- and for your friends and family.

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    FOR WRITERS: 60 seconds trailer for your book. Our team will create for you a tailor made trailer to promote your literary work. We will deliver a high quality clip, combining a creative mix of video, animation, music and text. We will distribute the trailer on our website where it will be featured prominently on our landing page and you will get a copy that you can distribute as you see fit. FOR OTHERS: 60 seconds video portrait of you. It will combine animation, audio interviews, drawings, photos and more to capture your very spirit for posterity -- and for your friends and family.

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