Bring Your Book to Life Through Film

Greetings readers, writers, artists… All of us who love the creative medium!

I’m excited to share with you some overlooked secrets when it comes to enriching the experience of your novel. (These tips can be applied to other projects, too, such as short stories and stage-plays!) Specifically, let’s take a look at how film brought The Holder’s Dominion to life in amazing new ways!


First let’s get our bearings with what this speculative thriller is all about:

Synopsis, The Holder’s Dominion:

After her father’s death on a mountain rescue mission, Kaylie Ames watched her family shatter. She fled Tacoma for college in faraway Austin, figuring that even the worst campus drama would be a relief. But when her old friend Elliott turns up on his knees in the grocery store aisle, raving about something called a morphis, Kaylie feels compelled to enter Elliott’s unfamiliar world.

Guided by Elliott and his friends, Kaylie signs on to the massively popular online game Edannair. There she discovers a world of beautiful vistas and magical creatures, where people from all over the globe step into the roles of warriors on fantastical quests. But a real-world evil threatens the players: the mysterious Holder, leader of the elite team known as Sarkmarr, is coercing his followers into traumatic offline dares known as “morphis assignments.” To save her friends, Kaylie must infiltrate Sarkmarr and survive the Holder’s tests. 

Will she find the courage there to hold her real-world family together?

Now, let’s take a look at how directors Brian Horn and Eric Kieron Davis brought the book to life through this award-winning, live-action book trailer!

When planning out your book trailer, it is especially important to pick out key elements that can incite the backbone of your story in only a few words. Bringing your book to life through film doesn’t have to end with your book trailer. You can also bring to life scenes in your book through character videos. For example, in The Holder’s Dominion, there are scenes where characters are actually watching videos about the mysterious Holder. Bringing those moments to life can extend your book’s experience beyond the pages. Check out these videos that show what Kaylie Ames (the protagonist in The Holder’s Dominion) and her gang would have watched while researching Sarkmarr and Edannair. You may find yourself asking the same questions they did!

Watch more videos by visiting the Genese Davis YouTube channel here!

You can live the experience of novels even after you’ve finished reading the last page. The experience can be extended through book trailers, character videos, websites, and social media. Speaking of websites… Tune in tomorrow and find out how The Holder’s Dominion team created absolutely breathtaking websites to extend the experience of the novel even more! Also, join me at the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival November 2nd where I’ll be co-leading a panel about how to shoot a live-action book trailer. For more details, follow my “News and Appearances” section at and my Facebook author page. 😉

Join the conversation and share your thoughts about what you’d create to extend novel’s worlds!

Connect: The Holder’s Dominion is on Facebook!



2 thoughts on “Bring Your Book to Life Through Film

  1. What a creative idea! I loved the book trailer and these extra videos underscore what a great movie The Holder’s Dominion would make!

  2. Hi Genese

    That is a really good trailer. It has that authentic movie-trailer feel, I love it.

    I’m also an advocate of letting readers live the experience of a novel, even after they have finished it. More and more people are reading eBooks from tablets now, so there’s a real opportunity to give them ‘bonus’ features at the end of the book, just like DVDs have ‘extras’. I like what you have done with your supporting websites and other material. It’s the way to go.

    I’ve put some hidden ‘easter egg’ videos at the end of my books and also created some supporting websites. If you are interested, you can take a look at some of the extras I have created for my Class Heroes series.

    The books feature a fictional news channel called 24/7 Interactive News and I have created a website for this channel. It contains news reports and videos relating to the events in the books. It’s a nice bit of world-building and helps to make reading the books a wider and more interactive experience. Hope you like it.

    Kind regards

    Stephen Henning

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