Holiday Relaxation with the Energizer Cat, Katya, & the Lost. Found. Book Trailer by Marsha Diane Arnold
For my December blog, I was going to wish you all a happy holiday, tell you to relax your mind and body and eat lots of holiday cookies, and leave it at that. But this month I had such a wonderful experience working with Katya Szewczuk on my first book trailer that I have to share.
My experience on the book trailer reflects my writing of Lost. Found._. In the manuscript, I wrote the text of two repeating words with lots of art notes. Matthew Cordell created the wondrous illustrations, adding some fun actions and a bit of animal language in the illustrations. Perfection.
It was similar with Katya. I provided the text and shared which image I envisioned with which phrase and away she went, bringing the animals to life with motion, music, and more fun. Perfection once again. I was so impressed with Katya's work that I wanted to know more. So I asked.
Moi: I know you wear many hats...I mean, cat ears. :) One of those is working at Kidlit TV as producer, writer, editor, and host. Please tell us a bit about your work there.
Katya: I want to start off by thanking you for this interview! The cat ears are part of my ensemble because I am the "cat" of KidLit TV.That's how my YouTube Channel KidLitKat was created. Here is one of my most recent episodes.
I became a team member in March of 2015 and ever since then my life has been magical. Our diverse team is made up of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award winning filmmakers all working together to bring great books to kids! Our mission is to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
And if you were to meet us all in person, you'd see that we are one, big happy family.
Writer: As an aspiring author, writing for KidLit TV is an honor. My first few articles started out as a video editing/animation series, teaching authors, illustrators and kids how to use professional software.Then Julie Gribble, founder of KidLit TV decided that I would create the original content on our website and write articles that related more to parents, educators and kids. My article The Top 10 Reading and Literacy Apps for Summer_ was even featured on the Children's Book Council website!
Editor:Whenever we have guest bloggers on KidLit TV or interview our Featured Members and Experts each month, I make sure their writing is polished and at its best quality. We always make sure our guests and community members shine whenever they are featured on our website because we believe that through support all of us can grow and reach our goals
Host: My biggest fear when I was young was being in front of a camera. But with the help and guidance of Julie Gribble, co-founder Rocco Staino who is a contributing editor for School Library Journal & Director of Empire State Center for the Book and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, and team member Kassia Graham, I was able to let go of that fear. I suddenly realized that the camera was soon going to be a gateway to success.
I host two shows on KidLit TV: Field Trip! and Inside Scoop:
On Field Trip! I interview authors, illustrators and industry experts when the KidLit TV team ventures into the kid lit world. I have interviewed well-renowned authors and illustrators at the Eric Carle Honors, such as Helen Oxenbury (We're Going on a Bear Hunt) and Nick Bruel (Bad Kitty) and have gone to many children's book festivals and conferences to interview the up and coming personalities in the kid lit world.
Here's our Red Carpet Coverage of the _10th Anniversary of the Eric Carle Honors _.
For Inside Scoop I get the inside information about an author's new book before it's released or when that author has a special announcement to make about the book!I interview authors ranging from picture books to young adult novels and chat with them over Google Hangouts, Skype or via email.
Producer: The role of producer is one that I most recently play. After hearing many requests to create a KidLit TV podcast, Julie Gribble assigned me to repackage all of our StoryMakers, Field Trip!, Inside Scoop, StoryMakers On Location and Read Out Loud shows. Thus, KidLit RADIO was born! I will also be the host of KidLit RADIO's parent/educator segment. On this segment I will talk with parents and teachers about why literacy and art are important in every school.
Moi: What do you enjoy most about working on book trailers and what did you like about working on Lost. Found.?
Katya: What I enjoy most about every book trailer project is "bringing the illustrations to life" and acting like the puppet master for each character. And I say puppet master because there is a tool in Adobe After Effects that allows you to control each character as if they were real life puppets. As an aspiring illustrator it's always a joy to see the different forms of illustrations. The greatest joy of making book trailers is being able to animate an illustrator's work and learn to appreciate their line work, tinting and shading and overall design.
What I loved most about working on Lost. Found. was animating Matthew Cordell's whimsical illustrations and telling the story through your wonderful critters' eyes. What people don't understand is that book trailers serve as a visual synopsis of a book. Just like in a story you need to show the action and not tell it.
I always choose one character to animate and capture the emotion through their eyes. When I read Lost.Found. I fell in love with the story's lesson and knew I had to capture the emotion through not Bear's eyes, but Scarf's. In my opinion Scarf is the most important character in the story because it is the character that causes the problem, but also fixes it in the end by bringing all the critters together. So in the book trailer, Scarf became the main character.
Moi: I love your answer, Katya, because to me, Red Scarf is also the main character. Please share any suggestions for those who’d like to be more involved in the children’s literature world?
Katya: There are many suggestions I can give, but my favorite suggestion of all is "If you show support for others, that support will be returned to you". My career started by supporting my favorite shows and literature and supporting my fellow kid lit experts. A few other suggestions are to do many writing prompts like the ones I wrote about for Tara Lazar's Picture Book Idea Month_ this year, get involved with conferences and conventions, post something to social media every day and don't be afraid to ask for help. And remember always be a kid at heart.
Moi: I’ve heard a rumor you’ll be teaching an upcoming class on book trailers at Children’s Book Academy. Please tell us about that and how we might take advantage of it.
Katya: As a graduate of the Children's Book Academy, Mira Reisberg has been super supportive of my work and career and gave me the wonderful opportunity to be a "blogette" for the academy. I will be writing about the process and art of book trailers and teaching readers that book trailers aren't only about technicalities, but it's about having an eye of appreciation for an illustrator's work. I have 10+ years of experience and am excited to start sharing it with everyone!
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I want to thank Roaring Brook Press, Matthew Cordell, Neal Porter and you for creating Lost.Found. and many other books that teach children and adults important life lessons. Until next time, be on the look out for the cat ears!
Moi: Thanks to you, Katya, for your expertise and sharing ways. And now, the result of lots of teamwork, the Lost. Found. book trailer.
Marsha Diane Arnold is the award-winning author of twelve books, her newest being Lost. Found. You can find Marsha online at her website, www.marshadianearnold.com, Facebook, or Twitter.
12/14/2015 07:02:56 am
Great advice, Katya: "Always be a kid at heart" Every day can be wondrous and full of adventure if we remember this. Marsha, I can't wait to read your new book! Congrats!
12/14/2015 04:54:50 pm
Thanks, Julie! Everyone should always be a kid at heart. Especially in the kid lit community. Marsha's book has an important message for kids and adults everywhere. And Matthew's illustrations are whimsically wonderful! It was an honor to work on the book trailer!
12/18/2015 04:26:01 pm
Thanks so much, Julie. And may we all have days full of wonder and adventure!
12/14/2015 11:57:44 am
Great interview Marsha and Katya!
12/14/2015 04:55:45 pm
Thanks, Kirsti! It was so much fun to be interviewed by Marsha! She asks wonderful questions!
12/18/2015 04:27:08 pm
Thank you, Kirsti. Katya is a very cool, literary cat to be around. :)
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