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Book Trailer – THE LYRE THIEF

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author: Jennifer Fallon
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

 

A personal aside: More about this book on AmazonI just wanted lots of silver, black and gold epic-ness to match the branding of the book (as did the client) and we’re all very happy with how this gorgeous piece turned out. Another gem of a project with an amazing Tor Books author!

 

Her Serene Highness, Rakaia, Princess of Fardohnya, is off to Hythria, where her eldest sister is now the High Princess, to find herself a husband, and escape the inevitable bloodbath in the harem when her brother takes the throne.

Rakaia is not interested in marrying anyone, least of all some brute of a Hythrun Warlord she’s never met, but she has a plan to save herself from that, too. If she can just convince her baseborn sister, Charisee, to play along, she might actually get away with it.

But there is trouble brewing across the continent. High Prince of Hythria, Damin Wolfblade, must head north to save the peace negotiated a decade ago between the Harshini, Hythria, Fardohnya, Medalon and Karien. He must leave behind an even more dangerous conflict brewing between his wife and his powerful mother, Princess Marla.

…And in far off Medalon, someone has stolen the music.

Their quest for the tiny stolen lyre containing the essence of the God of Music will eventually touch all their lives, threaten everything they hold dear and prove to be far more personal than any of them can imagine.

Book Trailer – RIDERS by Veronica Rossi

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author: Veronica Rossi 
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

 

A personal aside: More about this book on AmazonToday added a huge feather to my creative cap, as my (in the words of Isabella at EW.com) “high octane” book trailer received an exclusive at one of the world’s leading websites in pop culture and multi-media, Entertainment Weekly. What more can I say but WOW?!

 


Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

Book Trailer – ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

 

A personal aside: More about this book on AmazonCharlie Jane is magic. An absolute sweetheart and a mad genius. This was a dream project for me. DREAM. PROJECT.

 


From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future.

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

Award-Winning Book Trailers: THE SLEEPING KING

THE SLEEPING KING: A 2015 Pixie Award-Winning Book Trailer

Really excited to announce that I’ve won a gold Pixie Award in motion graphics for a personal best book trailer, THE SLEEPING KING! A more-than-special thanks to my amazing production partners at Circle of Seven, to Tor Books for hiring me to do such a fantastic work, and to author Cindy Dees for writing the kind of book that inspired me to create an award-winning video. *HAPPY DANCES FOR THE REST OF 2015*

Book Trailer: MADE TO KILL

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author: Adam Christopher
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

 

A personal aside: More about this book on AmazonOur goal was to make this a bit like the Mad Men opening titles sequence – retro, illustrated/animated and a bit of kitsch – but much, much more playful, because this book is an absolute delight of a robot noir thriller. One of my favorite bits was adding the robot bleeps and blips to the big band jazz music.

It was just another Tuesday morning when she walked into the office–young, as I suspected they all might be, another dark brunette with some assistance and enough eye black to match up to Cleopatra. And who am I? I’m Ray, the world’s last robot, famed and feared in equal measure, which suits me just fine–after all, the last place you’d expect to find Hollywood’s best hit man is in the plain light of day.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, as good as he ever was at being a true Private Investigator, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency–except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen–and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Made to Kill is the thrilling new speculative noir from novelist and comic writer Adam Christopher.

Book Trailer – RADIANCE: A NOVEL

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author: Catherynne Valente 
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

 

A personal creative aside: More about this book on Amazonwhen I saw the word “decopunk” in the description, my heart just said, “YES!” to this project. I nicknamed this trailer “The Space Gatsby.”

 

Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own, from Catherynne M. Valente, the phenomenal talent behind the New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.

But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return.

Told using techniques from reality TV, classic film, gossip magazines, and meta-fictional narrative, Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film.

Book Trailer: THE SLEEPING KING

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author(s): Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin 
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions


A personal creative aside: 
I just wanted this trailer to feel the way the book made me feel – like a Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings mash-up. This was my first RPG-to-book video, and quite honestly, a personal best book trailer for me.

 

The Sleeping King is the start of a new fantasy series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cindy Dees.

Dees has won a Golden Heart Award, two RITAs for Category Suspense and Adventure and has also twice snared RT’s Series Romantic Suspense of the Year. She is a great storyteller, and the adventures in her more than fifty novels are often inspired by her own life. Dees is an Air Force vet-the youngest female pilot in Air Force history-and fought in the first Gulf War. She’s had amazing adventures, and she’s used her experiences to tell some kickass stories.

But as much as she love romances, Cindy’s other passion has been fantasy gaming. For almost twenty years she’s been involved with Dragon Crest, one of the original live action role-playing games. She’s the story content creator on the game, and wanted to do an epic fantasy based on it, with the blessing and input of Dragon Crest founder Bill Flippin.

The Sleeping King is the first in an epic fantasy series, featuring the best of the genre: near immortal imperial overlords, a prophecy of a sleeping elven king who’s said to be the savior of the races . . . and two young people who are set on a path to save the day.

Book Trailer – DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author(s): Jonathan Maberry / Pinnacle Entertainment Group / Visionary Comics
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

 

A personal creative aside: I named our dinosaur Zombisaurus Rex, and I also really love how the shadow of the wagon passing over looks like a grim reaper-mobile. ~JxXx

 

From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.

Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called “ghost rock” fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.

In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!

Deadlands is one of the most popular RPGs in history, with over a million Deadlands gaming books sold.

Book Trailer: Robert Brockway’s THE UNNOTICEABLES

Script Writer + Video Producer/Editor: Jaye Rochon
Client: Tor Books
Author: Cracked.com Senior Editor Robert Brockway
Production Partner: Circle of Seven Productions

The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway

 

A personal creative aside:
I think one of my favorite bits in the trailer is how every single “u” is the neon green from the book cover. Neon green “U” for Unnoticeables. Can you spot them all?

 

From Robert Brockway, Sr. Editor and Columnist of Cracked.com comes The Unnoticeables, a funny and frightening urban fantasy.

There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is “you” gets solved.
Carey doesn’t much like that idea. As a punk living in New York City, 1977, Carey is sick and tired of watching strange kids with unnoticeable faces abduct his friends. He doesn’t care about the rumors of tar-monsters in the sewers or unkillable psychopaths invading the punk scene–all he wants is to drink cheap beer and dispense ass-kickings.

Kaitlyn isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. She came to Hollywood in 2013 to be a stunt woman, but last night a former teen heartthrob tried to eat her, her best friend has just gone missing, and there’s an angel outside her apartment. Whatever she plans on doing with her life, it should probably happen in the few remaining minutes she has left.

There are angels. There are demons. They are the same thing. It’s up to Carey and Kaitlyn to stop them. The survival of the human race is in their hands.

We are, all of us, well and truly screwed.