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Book Trailer

The Catcher in the Rye




The camera we used was the Canon 80D with Sigma 30mm f1.4, Canon 50mm f1.8, and Canon 85mm f1.8 lenses. We primarily used an Aputure Amaran F1 for key lighting, and sometimes an smaller Aputure AL-M9. Among other equipment was a steadicam, monopod, tripod, 5-1 reflector, soft box, and Takstar microphone. The editing software we used is called DaVinci Resolve 15.


To prepare for shooting, we needed locations. We called a total of about 6 or 7 hotels, and a Comfort Inn allowed us to shoot in one of their rooms and hallway. We also called to request to shoot at a coffee bar called Lussi Brown Coffee Bar.

We filmed the first scene with Holden’s teacher in a small office at school. The bathroom scene was filmed in the school bathroom. In both scenes we turned off the lights in the room and used solely the two lights we had, to give much more dramatic lighting. In the bathroom scene the actors didn’t actually hit each other, of course. The punch was almost a foot away from the actor’s face. We placed the swing between the camera and the victim’s face (a technique called stacking) to make the punch more realistic. In post we sped it up to about 130% to make the punch look more powerful, and added a little bit of sound effect to help sell it.. The date with Sally scene is at Lussi Brown Coffee Bar. The set up for these shots were very simple, the lighting was cloudy and provided naturally soft lighting on the actors’ faces.

The hotel scene was filmed at the Comfort Inn in Mt Sterling. We actually forgot to get a close up of Holden’s gun at the hotel, so that was filmed at school. With the background blurred and the color greyed out, we were able to mix it in well.

There are a few visual effects here and there in the trailer. At the hotel, when Holden reaches for his hat, it appears suddenly under his fingers. When he walks out into the hotel hallway, the room is in color and everything outside of the doorway is black and white. The gunshot effect is a combination of real smoke coming from the gun, and a muzzle flash and sound effect in post. It’s not possible to explain the entire process of achieving the effects simply, but they were created in DaVinci Resolve 15.

The audio and footage are all made ourselves. The green rating screen in the beginning we created with Photoshop Elements. The gunshot is copyright free from soundbible.com. The music is copyright free, composed by Peter Helland.


Link for book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVFMrNFNruM