How Olympic Runner Derek Redmond Helped with the Production …


Olympic Runner

Derek Redmond and his Dad at 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. Photo by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

I can’t believe I’m actually going to admit this, but one of the shots I did for the book trailer for Mighty Little Man involved a very sad shot of me sitting on the floor in the kitchen. I was actually teary-eyed. I wanted to include that shot because, well, it really happened. It’s in the book.

To get myself ready, I watched the YouTube video of that Olympic runner who pulled his hamstring during his race for the Gold Medal. His father runs out on the track and helps him to the finish line while Josh Groban sings You Raise Me Up. It worked. The tears came, and the shot was done.

The last shots I took for the Mighty Little Man book trailer were in the ‘Cuda. Hey, any excuse to drive her, right? Oh yeah! Got a couple of good close-ups of shifting gears and stuff to make it look like I was in a hurry to get Little Man to the hospital (in reality, I broke all kinds of rules during that first trip to the emergency vet clinic).

Then I ran into another problem. Although I found the PERFECT tunes to go along with my idea for the video, I wanted another one for a different mood about halfway through. I simply did not like anything I found. And the voiceover didn’t match otherwise. So I had to get the guy who works for Caroline to come back and redo some of the phrases.

Another hour or so and it was done! Getting pumped!

Oh, and get this. I’m going to have my own table at the Southern Authors Expo at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wow! There’s a lot going on…

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