Dramatizing Books With Web Video

By Greg Published on .

Production: Novelist Jay Nussbaum isn’t the only writer using Web video to plug his book. But Nussbaum's efforts are unique in that he has produced a dramatization of a passage of his book, “A Monk Jumped Over a Wall.” After several weeks of casting, Nussbaum and director Felix Martinez did the shoot over a weekend, hitting four locations. The crew consisted of one camera man and a lighting assistant. Those players handled the sound as well. The segment was shot using the Sony HVR-Z1U camera and was edited in Apple’s Final Cut Pro. Music and sound were edited using Reason and Digital Performer, respectively. Total cost for the project? About $6,000.

Result: The video has gotten about 70,000 hits since it was posted in early November. More importantly, it garnered media attention, including a full-page story in Newsday on the lengths novelists need to go to to raise their profiles. The book went on sale Nov. 1, and sales figures aren’t available yet, Nussbaum said.

-By Greg Baumann

Author Jay Nussbaum dramatized a section of his book, "A Monk Jumped Over a Wall," to market the title.

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