Isasnora Meets Mongous, The Giant

He grinned, and you could walk through the gaps between his teeth. From Isasnora Snores.

Hello Friends,

Click on this week's YouTube video.

Thanks to the voices of Vincent Digieso, Kayleigh Kitzman, James Salimas, Monica Paur, and Elizabeth Paur! Please like, share, and subscribe!

Many of you are probably quite savvy when it comes to making videos and posting them on YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and on and on...Some of you may, however, be interested in learning how we put Isasnora Snores all together.

My one daughter, Bridget, introduced me to PowerDirector, which comes on many new Dell Computers. Fortunately for me, I have a Dell.

When you listen to Isasnora Snores on YouTube, I hope you're imaging the characters playing their parts. What I see as I pull it all together is different. This is what last week's episode looked like. It's a strange black box with lots of strange images all over it. Despite this image, I still am able to visualize the characters playing their parts in the book.

If you look carefully, you'll see the front cover of the book in the upper corner, in the lower video line, and on the right, with the stars, in the screen viewer.

Look at the boxes with musical notes on them. These are the audio files. The actors record their lines and send me their audio clips. I might make adjustments to the volume or edit the beginning and end of their lines. Then they get placed in the correct order of the video.

In the clip above I have three video lines - they look like little film clips, and there are four audio lines - these look like megaphones. The only video I have is a fade-in with stars and the image of the book. The audio is what dominates with the background music, voices, and sound effects.

When we did the first episode, I realized the characters should be introduced before they speak their first lines. I went back and changed the narrator's part. Every week I'm making corrections or adjustments. This is a learn as you go project!

Another thing I realized is that sound effects do improve the video. I often look for free sound effect sites with no copyright issues. If there are no effects, I create my own, such as rubbing sandpaper together to get the scratching sound or the loud snoring - done by me! My sound effect lines are usually on video three and four. The ones in this image are of King Frederick and Sir Hybroth laughing.

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators suggested we bring our books to life.

When the COVID-19 outbreak cancelled many authors' speaking gigs, book fairs, and conferences, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators suggested we bring our books to life. I had no idea what I was going to do. Bridget led me to PowerDirector. Initially it was the Mongous in my life - too big for me to reach. After a few lessons, however, I have been able to create the YouTube episodes.

Though I have only tapped in a small percentage of what this software can do, I gained an appreciation for those who do animation and show producing. It also brought Isasnora Snores to life. As the author, that's thrilling! I am grateful to the actors who have taken their time to record their voices. And, I'm grateful for you and your support! Have a great weekend!


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