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Video

Moving pictures – the Ken Burns Effect

This is the video trailer for my upcoming novel In Your Sights. I used a technique known as the Ken Burns Effect, in which panning and zooming are applied to still images in order to give the impression of movement. Very simple, but very effective. You often see it in TV documentaries, such as when the camera zooms in on one face in a group of people in an old photo.

BTW, be sure you have the sound on. I spent hours trawling through stock music sites to find a piece that I thought might work (and did not cost very much!). Do you think it gives an impression of tension and suspense?

Two of the photos in the video are not mine, they are from a stock photo site. Care to guess which two shots?

If the embedded video does not work, you can view it on YouTube.

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Six covers in search of a novel

I’ve stopped writing novels for a while, but I’ve not stopped thinking about ideas for novels. ‘In Your Sights’ is the only one I am seriously considering, and my editor keeps urging me to stop considering and start writing! If nothing else, they give me an excuse to present six unrelated photographs in a, ahem, ‘novel’ way!

A serial rapist; a secret lover; a cyber stalker who posts disturbing photographs online. And a woman who must distinguish friend from enemy before she becomes the next victim. (photo: Cockatoo Island, Sydney)

A serial rapist; a secret lover; a cyber stalker who posts disturbing photographs online. And a woman who must distinguish friend from enemy before she becomes the next victim. (photo: Cockatoo Island, Sydney)

In the sequel to my novel “Too Close”, Greg’s mother Mona is forced to confront her past when a young woman appears, claiming to be the baby Mona abandoned at birth. (photo: fallen memorial, Waverley Cemetery, Sydney)

In the sequel to my novel Too Close, Greg’s mother Mona is forced to confront her past when a young woman appears and claims to be the baby Mona abandoned at birth. (photo: fallen memorial, Waverley Cemetery, Sydney)

My memoirs. (photo: Chitwan, Nepal, sunrise)

My memoirs. (photo: Chitwan, Nepal, sunrise)

A group of marine scientists charters a tall ship for a mission in the Indian Ocean. Only two people survive a vicious attack by pirates: Dr Miranda Flemming, head of the research team; Matt Smythe-Rogers, head of the security team. They are drawn to each other; they despise each other; to survive in a life raft on the open ocean until a friendly ship finds them, they have no choice but to rely on each other.(photo: INS Sudarshini, sunrise, off the coast India)

A group of marine scientists charters a tall ship for a mission in the Indian Ocean. Only two people survive a vicious attack by pirates: Dr Miranda Flemming, head of the research team; Matt Smythe-Rogers, head of the security team. They are drawn to each other; they despise each other; to survive in a life raft on the open ocean until a friendly ship finds them, they have no choice but to rely on each other. (photo: INS Sudarshini, sunrise, off the coast of India)

As a girl, Eva dreamed of being the world’s most famous flamenco dancer. As a woman, she will sacrifice everything to fulfill her desires. (photo: Granada, Spain)

As a girl, Eva dreamed of being the world’s most famous flamenco dancer. As a woman, she will sacrifice everything to fulfill her desires. (photo: Granada, Spain)

Light, amusing chick-lit about the ups and downs of a woman who owns a flower shop, and her search for True Love. (photo: my Osteospermums again!)

Light, amusing chick-lit about the ups and downs of a woman who owns a flower shop, and her search for True Love. (photo: my Osteospermums again!)