Scupper Me Bilges, a Promo!

So here’s something you don’t see every day – an animated promo for a digital book! Oh, it’s been a looooong winter!

You’re a writer, you know how it goes: you work you knuckles to their knuckles writing and rewriting and reworking that novel of yours until it is precisely what you want it to be, and then you publish it because you can’t get anyone to look at it. Sad, my friend, sad.

So, how about this:

Oh, it could use some improvement, I know. It kind of harks back to the Rankin/Bass Hobbit video of the 70’s, doesn’t it?

Here’s what’s cool about this video, and something that might interest you. Beyond the obvious marketing tie-in to the Book (did you see that little marketing link there?), literally all of the software used to make this little monster was downloaded for free.

The ship is drawn in a very old version of Adobe Illustrator (version 2 while the new one is version 22), which I downloaded for free some years ago. The various PNGs required were all developed in GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), an open-source rival for PhotoShop.

And the video itself was put together in DaVinci Resolve, really cool and free software for doing stuff like making movies. If you look at their promo, and then look at this little movie of mine, try not to weep. Okay, the learning curve is a little steep…

There. I’ve done my plugs for the world. And I’ve plugged my own book.

All in all not a bad day!

Author: John D Reinhart

Author, technical writer, videographer, actor, and naval historian John D Reinhart is a very busy guy. You can find his novels as

2 thoughts on “Scupper Me Bilges, a Promo!”

  1. Mr. Reinhardt,
    I am so dissapponted in you. Did I get this wrong? “So here’s something you don’t see every day – an animated porno for a digital book” ! Did you mean porno? I hope not. This is just aweful if you think I am going to continue supporting your minustry with part of my social secuirty, you are plane wrong.
    Mrs. M. Cook
    Bug Tussie, Tx

    1. Good heavens, Ms. Cook, it does say “promo,” not “porno!” In truth I just double-checked it – wait, I shall check it again… no, ma’am, “promo” it is! However, if I’d have gotten more readers with the other word I might consider it! Terribly sorry for the miscommunication, but the word remains firmly, and quite earnestly “promo.” Oh, and I believe the word is spelled “ministry…”

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