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March 15, 2007

My Huge Super Expensive Book Video Promo Thing!

You wouldn't believe how much this cost to put together. Craft services alone were phenomenal. And then we had to change cinematographers midway through the shoot. But, clearly, it's worth every penny.

Direct link here. And remember you can check out the first chapter of "Android" here.

Posted by john at March 15, 2007 01:00 PM

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Kate | March 15, 2007 01:13 PM

I have to thank you. My 2 year old daughter is now pointing to my copy of TAD going, "Wrawwwwwwhhhhhhhh....."

(again mommy, again)

You might get a video response to this one. :P

Chang, for rizzle. | March 15, 2007 01:25 PM

How come Krissy is never in the videos? We see you, Athena, dog, cat, books.

But no Krissy. Does she just have more dignity than you?

John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 01:26 PM

You have to ask?

AliceB | March 15, 2007 01:34 PM

LOL! I'm particularly fond of the magnets. They give it exactly that je ne sais quoi...

Christian | March 15, 2007 01:35 PM

Somebody has been watching the trailer for "Comedian" me thinks...

So the rest of you can enjoy Teh funny:


John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 01:40 PM

Hah! I'd entirely forgotten about that trailer, actually.

Shawn Powers | March 15, 2007 01:54 PM

I saw this post via Google's "Google Reader" thing. Right after seeing the video, when I clicked on "next" Google informed me I was at the end of the Internet.

Somehow, it seemed more fitting than usual...

Adam Rakunas | March 15, 2007 01:58 PM

I think the next version of the book trailer should be just like the first one, except both books should wear ascots like the VO actor in the "Comedian" trailer. Because nothing says serious like an ascot.

John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 01:59 PM

Shawn Powers:

'I saw this post via Google's "Google Reader" thing. Right after seeing the video, when I clicked on "next" Google informed me I was at the end of the Internet.'

Well, see. This was what the Internet was waiting for. Now it's served its purpose. Now it can end.

Mris | March 15, 2007 02:17 PM

You scared my dog.

John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 02:25 PM

Animals fear power!

Jon Hansen | March 15, 2007 02:28 PM

That was beautiful, man. I especially liked how supportive Old Man's War was trying to be, albeit in a pushy, older brother kind of way.

Also, the wraaaaahhh reminded me of the opening fart joke. Nicely done.

Joe Hass | March 15, 2007 02:29 PM

Don LaFontaine called: he wants $15 for the use of the phrase "in a world" at the start of a sentence.

And he'll settle for $5 if you promise never to try to do an impersonation of him again.

Jeri | March 15, 2007 02:48 PM

Obviously you've studied "broadcast voice" with the experts. I wonder, if you add a model in a tank top, whether you can land a Superbowl spot for this? ;)

Gina Black | March 15, 2007 03:10 PM

I have done production budgets and that one must have gone through the ROOF in special effects alone. I mean CGIing that homey background in . . . you really know how to spend it, don't you?

Bill Estep | March 15, 2007 03:13 PM

Just a guess, but are you mixing cold medicines? LOL - very entertaining John. I enjoyed it.

Steve Buchheit | March 15, 2007 03:48 PM

That, that, THAT, was truly precious. Ah, you brightened the afternoon.

Burns! | March 15, 2007 04:20 PM


John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 04:23 PM

Man, only the fact that what you've said is absolutely true keeps me from kicking your ass.

Kate | March 15, 2007 04:55 PM


I just stole the video to put it on my site, and I noticed that the first three letters of the Youtube video ID are - 'wtf'.

How fitting.

John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 04:57 PM

Indeed. I laughed when I saw that myself.

Jim Wright | March 15, 2007 05:52 PM

Little time on our hands today, John?

Slackerdom has a new poster child. The really funny part is that its better than 99% of the videos on youtube.

John Scalzi | March 15, 2007 06:06 PM

Hey, it took less time to do the video than actually write an entry, I'll have you know.

David S. | March 15, 2007 08:04 PM

Wow, the first cinematographer's work must have *really* stunk ;-)

Nathan | March 15, 2007 08:27 PM

"Craft services alone were phenomenal."

You've posted about some of your dietary predelictions, so we don't believe that for a minute. $3.98, tops.

Steve Buchheit | March 15, 2007 09:43 PM

Nathan, that's a separate line item in the budget for "Kraft Services."

Shara Saunsaucie | March 15, 2007 09:49 PM

That is freaking HYSTERICAL!!!

Nathan | March 15, 2007 10:05 PM

Sorry Steve, if it was "Kraft" Service, John would have a product placement deal...all the spray cheese he could eat plus a small cash stipend.

Shawn Powers | March 16, 2007 04:48 AM

Proof that I have issues with insomnia, here's a video followup for The Last Colony On my blog.

Deanna Hoak | March 16, 2007 05:45 AM

OMG. Best. Trailer. Ever. Laughed so hard I woke up my family. :-)

Mary Fitz... | March 16, 2007 09:24 AM

It was better than Cats. I'll watch it again and agian...

Shawn Powers | March 16, 2007 10:42 AM

Ok, while *I* thought my rebuttal video was rather funny -- I didn't realize just how odd it would be to someone not familiar with this website.

I actually had people call me at work this morning, concerned about my well being. One of those people was my wife.

John Scalzi | March 16, 2007 10:45 AM


I was waiting for the book to stomp the little dude, myself.

Shawn Powers | March 16, 2007 10:52 AM

After some serious explaining that I wasn't more crazy than they already knew, the critics from home suggested I tape the bacon to the cat, and have the cat eat the doll.

Bacon on a cat just seemed so unoriginal...

John Scalzi | March 16, 2007 10:54 AM

Tape bacon to the doll. Then you'll have some cat-eating-doll action for sure.

Chuck Wahl | March 17, 2007 12:49 AM

I say that we nominate all actors and directors and costume people to the Academy, so that everyone can get their rewards for such a marvelous.

I laughed, I didn't cry, and I must show this to others.

Omaha Lisa | March 17, 2007 11:13 PM

This is why I love this blog....

I feel positively normal compared to some around here!

TCO | March 18, 2007 01:33 PM

Old Man's War paperback is a bully.

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