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Towers of Midnight: The Making of the Book Trailer (episodes 1-3)

SPOILER ALERT: Parts 2 & 3 include the same spoilers the trailer does.

The Wheel of Time is my favorite fantasy series ever. I’ve dreamed about being part of the world Robert Jordan began back in 1984, whether it was being immersed in one of the enormous novels, making a fun costume or getting to meet Jordan himself to attest my love for his incredible work of political, epic fantasy.

Sadly, I never did get to meet Robert before he passed away in 2007; however, back in June (thanks to Twitter), I became pals with some of his most devoted followers. One of those fans was Jason Denzel, who created Dragonmount.com (@Dragonmount). After a lengthy phone call (or what I like to refer to as a total WOT geek out session!), Jason informed me that Tor, The Wheel of Time publishing company, had asked him to create something special to promote the release of book 13 Towers of Midnight: a book trailer. So, I jumped in the car and drove to Sacramento to capture this epic moment in Wheel of Time history.

Below are three Making of the Book Trailer features that I’ve created to showcase the story of this production, featuring clips from the trailer, behind the scenes photos and interviews with the cast and crew. Be sure to visit Dragonmount for the full feature write-up by Jason: A featured look at the making of the Towers of Midnight book trailer. And come find me on Twitter @Nedopak!

Part 1: The Making of the Book Trailer (no spoilers)

Part 2: Characters & Costumes (spoilers)

Part 3: Creating the Set, FX & The Tower of Genji (spoilers)

Sound Design

Patrick Knipe

Sound Designer & Sound Mixer
Wheel of Time fan since 2002

I was particularly excited about creating a rumbling world of thunder for the trailer. Being a kid from the Northeast trapped in sunny Los Angeles has deprived me of years of thunder storms, and this was like therapy for me. Jason Denzel kept emailing me after each pass, “More thunder!” Building a world of sound from scratch around Kate Reading’s rich voice and the striking imagery on the screen was invigorating. My greatest challenge was creating the sound of Saidar. Tess and Jason both wanted it to be a holy sound. My first try sounded too much like thunder and was more fitting for Saidin; luckily Jason was very demanding and whipped me furiously until I got it right. A swirly sound of smooth glory made up of twenty tracks (one of which is me singing with my voice pitched up)!

I’m a huge fan of epic fantasy. I started reading The Wheel of Time while studying Tolkien at Oxford University in England in 2002. I finished Knife of Dreams just in time to shoot an interview and book signing video with Brandon in Pasadena during the release of The Gathering Storm.

Final Film: Towers of Midnight Book Trailer

Be sure to visit the official book trailer page on Dragonmount, where you can discuss it with fans!

Towers of Midnight: The Novel

Towers of Midnight will release in early November and is written by Brandon Sanderson (@BrandonSandrson), another incredible fantasy author who took over the WOT series after Jordan passed away (and is kicking some serious butt at it).

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Video: Towers of Midnight Prologue read by Brandon Sanderson

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Wheel of Time at Dragon*Con 2010

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  • Thanks for this! Was that a sneak peak at the new Dragonmount.com?! Looks good!

    • Hmmm….maybe it was? Jason’s going to debut it on Friday!

  • Kristen,

    I’m with Jason, it was Bela, even though I do like the alien abduction slant. Hmmm? Really though, Jim and I discussed who did that particular character eradication many eons ago. Nope, not telling, RAFO.

    I wish that I could make DragonCon and see first hand the reception that Jason and crew’s trailer elicits. That and I want to give Sarah a big congratulatory hug on both her staring roll in the trailer and the impending arrival.

    Many thanks for all you do keeping my brother/cousin’s work and name alive.

    Wilson
    Brother/Cousin
    4th of 3

    • Why thanks! I have just been in love with WoT for so long, and now I finally have the chance to help promote this incredible work. My pleasure!

    • Awesome to see Wilson on this site!

  • Can’t wait to watch this, thanks for the behind the scenes! But, if the trailer is super spoilery, should I not watch it?

    • Hey Tim! I personally think the trailer gives you a brief glance at what is in the next book, character- and storyline-wise, but it by no means gives the details away (what, when, how). Plus Brandon hasn’t really said what happens in the trailer happens in the book either!

  • Bring it on!!!!!!! I love this series. Take time off work to speed read each book the day I get it then I read it again for all the details then I read it again for pure enjoyment. Then I share it with my son. He usually is hanging over me until he gets it! Thank you Kristen for this post and Thank you Brandon for doing such a wonderful job continuing Robert Jordan’s work of art.

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  • TOTALLY AWESOME! very high quality and the moiraine-ness was great! i loved it!!

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Author: Kristen Nedopak

Kristen is a producer, director, actress and host... and lover of anything fantasy or sci-fi. The goal of this blog is to share the art and creativity involved in capturing the otherworlds that inspire us daily. Enjoy! * * * Kristen's official site: KristenNedopak.com

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