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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Things That Made the Mindjack Trailer Shoot Amazing

TRAILER RELEASE DATE: To Be Determined (but likely early December 2012)

On November 6th, award-winning director Beth Spitalny brought her experience in short films and MTV together with an amazing crew of 12 and cast of 20 to shoot a live-action trailer for the Mindjack series. There's a magic that happens when a group of highly creative, talented people come together to make something new. The energy they brought to the rooms and hallways of the set (the iSchool in NYC) created more than just a trailer - it formed a shared experience, an excitement to be part of something that will go out into the world and hopefully entertain it for a bit. Seeing my story concept brought to life by these talented people was an exhilarating experience.

Here are some things that made it amazing...

* A director who is so talented and dedicated to her craft that she insists on take after take until the shot is just right (thank you, Beth Spitalny!).

* A producer who has spent hours and hours pulling together all the details and coordinating a dozen crew members and twenty cast members so that everyone is present, working, fed, and happy on shoot day (thank you, Angel Acevedo!)

* A director of photography who is so intensely focused on creating a beautiful visual image that he creates something greater than the reality in front of the lens (thank you, Lance Kaplan!).

* A lead actress who has read the book and is excited to be playing the part, and who works take after take until she literally brings chills to my spine with her performance (thank you, Nikki Flemming!).

*  A cast of extras who spend an entire day on set to bring Kira's mindreading world to life; who share their personal stories with me; who travel from as far as Pennsylvania and take off days from work just to be on set; and who get as excited about the book and trailer as I am.

* A special friend and her 14 year old daughter, who have been beta-reading my manuscripts from the beginning, who fly to NY from Boston to share the day with me and to bring a very special personal connection to the cast (thank you, Jackie and Gina Collari!).

* Being present myself, able to contribute to the director's and actor's and film crew's understanding of Kira's mindreading world, and what it is like to live in it.

The trailer is in post-production now, with a hopeful release date by early December.

to see photos and video snippets from the set


  1. I cannot wait to see this, Susan! I am so sorry I missed you. Just wasn't in the cards this time :(

  2. It sounds like the trailer's going to be brilliant!

  3. So awesome Susan. It sounds so great.

  4. What an amazing experience to see your story unfold in front of your eyes! So cool! Looking forward to seeing it!

  5. Sounds like you're having a blast. Can't wait to see the trailer. :)

  6. I loved seeing the pictures! Can't wait to see the real thing! :D

  7. That is so cool, Susan. Such exciting times. How fun it must have been to be on the set, seeing your book come to life. Congratulations:)

  8. Holy Freakin' AWESOME!!! Can't wait to see it!


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