Nola Fran Evie…The Bloopers

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Over the years I’ve created several very, very low-budget  online videos.

One such tradition is creating a happy dance every time I reach a followers milestone on this blog.

A few months ago I surpassed the 500 mark (woot!). I made this fancy finger dance video with the same red satin gloves worn on the cover of my first book, Beneath the Satin Gloves. The stage was a picture frame covered with a fluffy black bath towel and a lace shawl for dramatic effect.

That’s right, kiddos. I’m the Repurpose Queen.

This is the minute-long “masterpiece” you saw…

What you didn’t see…the hours of cussing that went into making that video.

Even me, a lifelong dancer, was forgetting my freaking finger choreography. Dammit!

Since I was kneeling on the floor—in my jammies, I might add—behind the frame, the chintzy stage kept collapsing. Shit!

And right when I had the perfect take, the gardeners struck up outside of my apartment with their ear-splitting background music. Dammit, shit, and some other ladylike words I won’t share.

Another tradition I slave away at are book trailers for every release. In these videos I give behind-the-scenes tidbits in the hopes that readers will connect with the inspiration of the story and take a chance on one of my books.

But I’m not talking to real humans, I’m talking face to face with my smartphone camera. Nope, it’s not easy.

I’ve been thinking about doing a bloopers reel for some time. But I always shied away from the idea for two reasons. Firstly, video editing, though I’ve learned to enjoy it, is quite time-consuming. Secondly, would anyone even think it’s funny?

Well, hell if I know! But this time I made the blooper reel anyway for NOLA FRAN EVIE.

Because nobody’s perfect, and I’m certainly not. So why not have a few laughs?

If you missed it, here’s the seemingly flawless book trailer…

And what really happened, the bloopers…

 

 

 

27 thoughts on “Nola Fran Evie…The Bloopers

  1. Jessica - Notes of Nomads says:

    LOVE this, Britt! I have like a million similar videos haha Talking to “nobody” really takes some getting used to. I know I’m not used to it yet despite trying to make more videos lately. Good on you for putting this together and having some fun with it. 🙂

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      Haha, you TOTALLY understand with your vlog endeavors! Have you guys been keeping your bloopers somewhere? If not, you should start compiling your faves so you can do a bloopers reel one day. They’re always good for some laughs. I’m sure your nomadic fans would love to see them. : )

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      LOL! I still can’t believe they didn’t interrupt the filming like they always do. They were passed out in the closet the whole time, so I had to drag them in for the bloopers.

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      Yay for giggles! Every time I did a take and brought the tickets up like that I kept having Nutcracker flashbacks from when I played Spanish. The cats felt left out…I could tell. : )

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    So cute!! I love the blooper reel!. I’m currently waiting in an airport, trying to catch up on the social media I missed while away for the week (and away from the Internet…), and your bloopers made me laugh out loud, especially the dancing with the cats. Clever idea. Thanks for the smile on a long travel day!

  3. Zen A. says:

    You are awesome. That is all.

    No, really, those videos were fantastic. I love the bloopers, and you did such a good job with the “official” trailer! You could use the bloopers one too and I’m sure people wouldn’t mind. They might be curious to check out your book to see what you were trying to say. 😉

    • Britt Skrabanek says:

      LOL! Videos are never easy and I create them with some reluctance, believe me. I just think they are a nice addition to what we do as writers. Connecting people through visual avenues can be very cool. : )

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