It’s a little late (almost seven months since the release date) but my husband Brian and I FINALLY finished the book trailer for BEAUTIFUL! Slow and steady wins the race, or something like that. My excuse is we’re both extremely busy–I’m working and writing, he’s making movies and music–but luckily we were able to carve out enough time to create this, ahem, dare I say it?–masterpiece. The truth is he did most of the work. I am so grateful to have such a talented, generous dude in my life.
One of my first projects in film school was to create a couple movie trailers, using music and footage from the film to edit a minute teaser together. I remember I did trailers for the movies Heathers and Gattaca, and I loved it. Editing is a lot like writing–you cut and paste and fit things together to tell and story and create dramatic and emotional arcs. I learned much of what I know about narrative structure and the craft of storytelling through video editing. It was art school, so I didn’t learn much else, but at least it wasn’t a total waste of time. Brian and I met in film school, by the way. We got to know each other working on creative projects like this, and later, music too. It’s a pretty amazing thing to be able to share art-making with one’s partner. I am really, really, really lucky.
I’d also like to thank my friend Hugh Howie for doing the titles, and Paul Bradley for the drums. Did I mention my brilliant husband did the music for the trailer? Can you even believe so much talent is contained in one couple? Hahaha
Anyway, I hope you like it. We had a lot of fun making it.
This is, for lack of a better word, BEAUTIFUL.
It’s my favorite book right now (I’m late in reading it), and I think you’re amazing:)
aw shucks, thanks so much Candyland!
Steph Bowe says
Love the book & love the trailer!
i totally hear you on the no time – i’m about 10 months or so behind on editing & uploading photos. which means evan’s a toddler now and i am still working on his freakin baby pictures!
i Absolutely love your book. ima girl that a hates to read, but your book is so good like i didn’t ever wanna out it down… and plus i can relate to alot of it! i am definently buging a copy of your book. and you are now my favorite author! thank u!!
hudeiya adjei says
I noe am so late but I just finished reading beautiful and it left me speachless. This book is so real and amazing I have read a lot of fiction book but this is the real thing and so happy that she found a way to change herself !
thanks so much!
Beautiful was the best book I have ever read. I was left stunned, yet in a pleasant way. I am going threw situations like Cassie, this book helped me a lot. I cried at the very brilliant ending of this beautiful novel. The way Cassie described how she felt, I felt the same exact way! It was like I was Cassie in a way, I even knew a certain “green haired,” girl. The only person missing is my sarah… oh how I miss her dearly. Anyways, This novel inspired me to write like Amy is. I want to write a movie though, based on my teenage years. Thank you with this amazing book Amy!
Thank you so much Caroline! I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through similar situations like Cassie, but I’m glad that Beautiful helped. I remember that when I was going through difficult times, one of the most important things was to know I wasn’t alone, that other people go through similar things and survive and gain strength from them. Good luck with your writing!
Beautiful is the best book in this world! it took me a total of like 2 days to finish it! please write more (:
everything about this book is amazing it’s real and relate able
lyndsey white says
i think u should make this book into a movie. 🙂
Reeve Nicholson says
i was going through some hard times myself and this book was my only escape being as i am in 7th grade now. i love how real this book was and how you didnt hold back. I could relate to cassie on so many levels and ive already read the book four times. thank you for writing the greatest book of all times.