Creating a world with dragons and wizards for an alternate adventure fantasy video isn’t an easy task.
Videographer Alex Chandler, in collaboration with author Dianne Gardner and others, brought the setting to life to promote one of Gardner’s books on social media outlets.
Gardner, a family friend, had asked the Peninsula High School graduate to film the trailer.
Chandler had previous experience following an encouragement video he shot after Jeremiah Jensen, a soccer player at Peninsula High, was hit by a car as Jensen was riding his bicycle during a triathlon training ride. Chandler also has worked on projects at Tacoma Community College and Arizona State University, where he’s majoring in entrepreneurship.
“Filming a fantasy world in our technological world was a challenge,” Chandler said. “I needed to avoid planes flying in the sky and the lights on the castle and around the beach area at Rocky Bay and Point No Point where we filmed. It was also hard with the timing, as I was only here for a couple of days during winter break.”
Gardner entered the book trailer in the International Moondance film festival. Located in Mystic, Conn., the festival selects films and written works from more than 140,000 entries that are “a unique story, told well.”
Chandler said the organizers appreciated the unusual genre and put it in the film trailer category. The result was a semi-finalist award.
Chandler filmed, did some directing and video editing, but the project was a team effort, he said.
“I was proud of the teamwork,” he said. “It was amazing and a great experience. People volunteered their time and really came together.”
Gardner said Chandler is creative and fun to work with.
“He interpreted what I wanted and used his camera to create my vision,” she said.
Chandler and Gardner already have completed a second trailer for another book in Gardner’s young adult series.
“This one is action-based, more like a movie trailer,” Chandler said.
To view the trailers, visit www.gardnersart.com.Lifestyles Coordinator Kim Eibel can be reached at 253-358-4152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_kim.