Friday, 24 June 2011

BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE SHADOWS ON THE MOON TRAILER

Hello everyone! Happy Friday - a very happy Friday in fact, because I'm about to blow your minds with awesometastic, behind the scenes photographs from the shooting of the Shadows on the Moon trailer.

*Pause for 'Ooooooh!'*

OK, before I start unveiling, here's a question. Did you enter the One Year Blogiversary Extravaganza yet? There are fabulous prizes to be won and the giveaway is open internationally. The reason I ask is that you will be able to gain EXTRA ENTRY POINTS if you blog, Facebook, Tweet or otherwise share today's post. I want to generate some buzz about this trailer! That's right - EXTRA POINTS. Yay! However: I ask that you do not go to other people's blogs and leave comments/links about the giveaway in their comment trails. I know some of you guys have been doing this, and I will count those points, but in future I'd rather you don't do this anymore. The owners of those other blogs probably feel as if they're being spammed by me! And remember - whatever sharing of this post you do, leave a link in a separate comment on the One Year Blogiversary Extravaganza post. Otherwise I won't be able to count it.

Now...to begin.

Last week the lovely Sean from Walker Books sent me an email that made me squeee as I haven't squeeed for many long months. It contained headshots of actors that they were considering for the roles of Otieno and Suzume in the book trailer. They had already decided on the girl to play Suzume:


SO GORGEOUS. Look at those eyes! This girl should be in Hollywood. But I'm glad she's not, because she wouldn't be in my trailer if so. Hurrah!

They wanted my choice between two actors for Otieno. This actor was my favourite. He's called Hainsley. Um. *Swoon*


They also wanted to show me the make-up they had been experimenting with to re-create the tattoos that Otieno has in the story:


So I was already ridiculously excited. But then they told me that they had been given permission to film at the East Asia Gardens at Kew. At this point I pretty much had to grab a paper bag because HOLY CRAP. Dream come true, much?

After some more emailing back and forth to ask me for approval on various details - which I really appreciate, it was wonderful to be consulted - they went out to do the shooting on Tuesday. And on Wednesday, I received a bunch of pictures which had been shot by the delightful Becca on location. I share these with you now. You ready? Seriously. Sit down or something.


This is the East Asia Gardens. THIS IS WHERE THEY WERE SHOOTING MY TRAILER YOU GUYS... *Deep breaths* Next, a wide shot of a scene where Suzume and Otieno confront each other:


I'm fine. Totally fine. I've seen a guy without a shirt on before - what are you saying? I'm just lying here on the floor because it's more comfortable. Really.

Next, a glimpse of a different costume for Jing (that's the actress playing Suzume):


Pretty kimono. Preeetty. Soooo preeeeetty....*Drools* Ahem. *Wipes face* And now for my favourite shot of the whole thing. This is my new profile picture on Twitter:


*Reels away, dizzy and shaking*

*Sits down*

*Fans self*

Right. Right. I'm back. I just have to say that I'm so awed and overjoyed by the attention to detail and the respect that's been showered on this project, both by Walker Books and the production company involved, Shoot. I feel incredibly lucky. And I can't WAIT to share the trailer with you guys, which ought to be, with any luck, sometime next week.

To close, let's have a shot of a new Shadows on the Moon fan the crew found at Kew Gardens:


Fan. FAN. Get it? Get it?! Oh, nevermind.

So what do you guys think? Are you excited to see the trailer? Let me know in the comments! And remember, if you decide to share this post to earn extra giveaway points, do it on the Extraganza post, not here. Thanks!

39 comments:

Vivienne said...

SQUEEEEEEE! OMG! I am so excited for you! This is going to be awesome. I can't wait to see it. I am doing a happy dance for you xx

borky_qk said...

Hurrah! I'm REALLY EXCITED! I will wait for it. The actors are realy cool! I'm sure it will be awesome. And I fixed the goodreads rating.

Zoë Marriott said...

Viv: I now have some idea what authors who have their books made into films must feel! On a much smaller scale obviously, but - wow!

Borky: They are, aren't they? And thank you!

Liz said...

OMG! I am in tears. Zolah, these are gorgeous and I am SO DEEPLY excited and happy for you. Well done Walker and omg! Cannot wait to see this trailer.

Book Angel Emma said...

OMG that is just so so so PERFECT :D :D
Thank you for sharing - you must be ecstatic.
I cannot wait to see the trailer - it is going to be brilliant like you *mwah*

Zoë Marriott said...

Thank you Liz and Emma! I swear, I've been going around with my face in a permanent, idiotic grin since I started getting these. I'm so incredibly lucky!

Keris said...

Those photos actually made me well up. So beautiful. You must be beside yourself :)

Raimy-rawr said...

awww Hes so Otieno! yay! :D
I love that place... though Im TERRIFIED of Peacocks so I probably would have run away if i was there!

I CANNOT wait to see the finished product! *dances* I dont know how you must be feeling cos Im excited and its not as personal to me! (even if Shadows is one of my top picks for the year!)

Zoë Marriott said...

*Hugs Keris and Raimy* I have to admit that I did have a little cry when I saw these myself. I can't believe how much effort and love they've put into it. I'm seeing people that I made up in my head IN REAL LIFE. I can't even describe how it feels.

A.J. Mullarky said...

OH MY GOD. I could not be more excited. Such beautiful people <3 It looks like it's going to be an incredibly professional book trailer - they must really have faith in your book, Zoe! I cannot wait to read it!

Zoë Marriott said...

That's true, Alex - it's sobering and awe-inspiring and all sorts of other words that end with 'ing'. They love the book as much as I do.

Psst - you can probably get the book from WHS right now, if you want it. Apparently it's on special offer, too.

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Oh my! I never thought an 'official' trailer for your book would be in the making! I'm so excited, and I know it won't disappoint. :D Now when is my copy getting here? Beautiful pics. I'm waiting for the even more beautiful trailer.

And waiting.

:|

Zoë Marriott said...

Heee! Me too, Cass - me too! *Taps foot*

Clover said...

WOW. So, so pretty. Suzume and Otieno are so gorgeous! And I can't think of a prettier or more fitting setting than that. I'm so looking forward to seeing the finished trailer! It's all so exciting :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Clover: I was beyong thrilled when they got permission to shoot there. I was the one who suggested it, but I didn't think there was actually a hope in hell!

Amy Plum said...

That is SO AWESOME, Zoe! I can't wait to see the final product!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Amy! It's slightly hard to get my head around just how much hard work and effort has gone into this. I love my publisher!

Shelby said...

Awesome! I posted the link to this page on my blog: http://imlostinabook.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

If you can't find it on the page, here is what it says: Also, check out this link for more giveaway awesome-ness!
The word 'link' is what you click to get here. And that peacock can't be as big of a fan as I am!

Phoenixgirl said...

Wow! This really is like a mini-version of having your book made into a movie, without having to worry that they'll muck with the plot. Can't wait to see the full trailer!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks Shelby and Phoenix! That's basically EXACTLY what it is, so I can sit back and let them do the work without stressing. Mostly ;P

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Ace!! I can't wait to see it when it's finished!!! :D

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Rebecca - I can hardly wait either!

Misty said...

So. Pretty.
MUST HAVE NAO!!
*sigh*

Zoë Marriott said...

LOL, Misty! Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction, too.

Rebecca said...

Now that I've seen the pictures I really can't wait even more now to read the main guy......Where's my fan? Lol

Zoë Marriott said...

Everyone loves Otieno :)

Rebecca said...

Sorry that was supposed to say "I can't wait even more now to read the book. And the main guy in the picture......Where's my fan?"
That's how I was supposed to write it, lol

borky_qk said...

Zoe,

http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_on_the_moon

- Тhe bulgarian wikipedia page. I wonder do you can open it. *whisper* "It's about SOTM"! ;) I'm working on the english version but I'm ready to give the oopportunity to someone if he want. I can't put picture. ;( You can edit it. :) And I know, you don't understand bulgarian, but I will help you - It's AWESOME!!! I'm so proud.

batgirl said...

This is brilliant! Not only are Walker behind you, but they're doing it beautifully. Hurrah!

Shelby said...

Nuna Nuna Nuna Nuna Nuna Nuna Nuna Nuna Batgirl! ;)

Zoë Marriott said...

Borko: Wow. I'm speechless - I have a Wikipedia page for the very first time! That's amazing Borko - thank you so much! You should be proud of yourself. I'm very proud of you too, because I know it must have been enormous amounts of work. *Hug*

Batgirl: It's really humbling how much they're doing this time, especially since I've had the experience of being more or less chucked into the market and left to sink or swim on my own before. That felt very lonely. This feels completely different, in a very good way!

borky_qk said...

Zoe,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_on_the_Moon_(book)

The English page. I know that is not perfect. And I invate everyone to edit. :) This is just the start!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thank you very much Borko - my first English language wiki page! Amazing! Thank you very much!

borky_qk said...

Zoe, I was wondering, will you do a video about the winner in the BLOGIVERSARY like the last time?(on youtube) Or you will say it here? (on the blog)

Zoë Marriott said...

I will probably just post it, Borko - vlogs often take me a full day to record and edit together, especially since I have to do it on my old laptop, which freezes and crashes all the time.

Jesse Owen said...

Wow, just going by those photos I can see that your trailer is going to look sensational :D

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Jesse. I'm ridiculously excited!

Megha Z said...

OMG JING IS SO PRETTY NFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

This will be SUCH an awesome trailer! =D

Zoë Marriott said...

Isn't she? She looks very like the Japanese actress that I based MY idea of Suzume on, so I was very pleased!

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