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.
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*
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!