We shot the cinematic book trailer for author Kim Savage’s debut novel AFTER THE WOODS in July of 2015 – and have been waiting with hardly-contained anticipation until today to release it! When Kim approached us to produce a book trailer we were blown away with her novel and the visual possibilities it contained.

The synopsis:

Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

We cast Olivia Shipp as Julia, After The Woods‘ protagonist. Although younger than the actors we typically work with on book trailer productions, Olivia is a perfect fit for the character and was more than capable taking on the physical demands that the role required. Her best friend Liv, portrayed by Emma Busk gave a great performance which was topped off by the excellent Todd Blood as the aforementioned paroled predator Donald Jessup.

“A riveting exploration of what it’s like when the enemy is much closer than you suspect.” – Kirkus Reviews 

Shot an hour outside of Los Angeles in the mountains of the Angeles National Forest, the book trailer was directed by Adam Cushman, with cinematography by Colton Davie, editing by Rosie Nakamura, and was produced by me, Rocco Rivetti.

Watch below:


Special thanks to Nick Principe as our AD and Stunt Coordinator, Parker Ronan as 1st AC, TJ Yoshizaki for Sound, Alex French for Hair and Makeup, Christina Burroughs for PAing, and Z-Ville Productions for providing the location.