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I thought it might be fun for people interested in The Tension of Opposites to learn some interesting facts about the filming of the trailer. I also wanted to answer that little question a few of you who’ve already seen the trailer might be asking, “Where’s the third sister?”

One of my nicknames in life is “Listy Kristi”, so what better way to fill you in on some behind-the-scenes dish?

  1. The trailer was directed and produced by Rocky Smith of Rock V Productions, LLC.
  2. Rocky is a former student of mine, who I was fortunate enough to have in a Film & Literature course while he was a senior in high school. Rocky graduated from Wright State University with a film degree in 2008, and was willing to help me out with the trailer (shwoo!).
  3. I actually had the pleasure of assisting Rocky during the editorial process of the trailer’s creation, analyzing every single frame of the footage along with him.
  4. Rocky coaches cheerleading at a sports center near Dayton, and he pulled the girls who play Tessa & Noelle, and a third who performed the voiceover, from his competitive squad. The guy playing Max is an actor/director who Rocky worked with on a film project through Wright State University.
  5. They are all still in high school, if you can believe that!
  6. While filming the scenes in the dead sunflower field, Rocky and “Elle” suffered the icky-sticky issue of ankle-deep mud. They say they got a very good workout that day!
  7. The Three Sisters, a very important location in the book, actually exist in Sugarcreek Nature Reserve near Dayton, Ohio.
  8. The Three Sisters is one of my all time favorite locations – I hike there whenever I can find a few hours to spare.
  9. Sadly, the middle sister, who had been weakened due to an earlier fire, fell to the ground during the summer of 2008.
  10. I learned about her fall just as I began lengthy revisions on my manuscript, and was so upset that I would never see her standing again. But I felt proud that I had memorialized one of my favorite spots in my debut novel.

Now that you’ve read the Behind-the-Scenes secrets, check out the trailer!

Comments on: "Kristina McBride Dishes Out Behind-the-Scenes Trailer Details" (20)

  1. Debasmita said:

    Well high school or not,the trailer certainly is interesting. I liked the use of colors.

    P.S: I love the name ‘Listy Kristy’!! 🙂

  2. Great trailer. Captured my attention to want to read this book. That’s great Kristina used a former student to create her book trailer.

  3. It’s interesting to find out that The Three Sisters actually exist in Sugarcreek Nature Reserve near Dayton, Ohio. Makes the book more realistic. I loved the trailer for the book.

  4. That’s funny she gave us her nickname Listy Kristi. I liked how I was able to gain more insight into the production of the trailer because you end up realizing how much work went into a short, but beautiful trailer. I enjoyed the video!

  5. Loved the trailer. Book trailers are something I’ve just discovered so it was a nice treat to watch a trailer for a book I am so excited to read. Captivating trailer.

  6. I love how everyone is in high school, and arnt like proper actors! So cool, they were awesome and so natural.

  7. loved the trailer 🙂
    it’s awesome that she was so involved in producing the trailer and that the teens are real high school teens…

  8. Shishito said:

    Wow..seems like Rocky was the perfect student to have. He helped out so much with the trailer for the book!

  9. Jennifer said:

    The cheerleaders did a great job as “actresses” in the trailer. The trailer was wonderful.

  10. Jessica said:

    It was funny to learn that Rocky and Elle had to deal with ankle deep mud in the sunflower field. I never would have guessed!

  11. Julianne said:

    It was nice to learn that the three sisters is a real place. Loved the trailer!

  12. It’s great that she got help from someone she knew for her trailer. It’s always good to help someone but a bonus when they help you back. Interesting background.

  13. I loved learning about the little interesting tid bits about the making of the trailer. I would have never guessed that the two girls in the trailer were not real actresses.

  14. Cynthia said:

    I loved the trailer, it was nicely done. I think that it was nice of Rocky to help her out on the trailer. The “mud” fact was funny.

  15. I liked learning about the facts given, but when I was watching the trailer, the facts in the comments popped up in my head.

  16. Amazing trailer. It was nice to learn that a former student of hers helped create the book trailer. And he chose the actors, his cheerleaders!

  17. I watched the trailer like 3 times! Loved it every time. And Background to anything is always good to know. I learned a lot of interesting facts.

  18. It was nice learning the behind the scenes details for the making of the tension of opposites trailer because this is the stuff he hardly get to read about and it shows us how much work and the struggles(ankle mud) to making the perfect trailer. And shows us how connections with the right people can help a lot. Great trailer!

  19. Wonderful trailer. You would think they were real actors. I think it was great that the author was able to memorialize her favorite spot, the three sisters in her book after learning that the middle sister fell to a fire.

  20. The trailer was awesome. Definitely gives you a feel for the book aura. I enjoyed the behind the scenes details as well. It’s nice that the three sisters is actually a real place and that Kristina used resources she knew to help her create the book trailer.

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