The Next Testament, book trailer

Here’s the trailer for my latest novel, The Next Testament, available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and trade paperback from Amazon. Search in the Kindle store by “Daniel Putkowski, The Next Testament,” to find it easily.

This is a dystopian, alternative near future story set in a story world populated by characters you’ll never forget.

Here’s the jacket copy:

When faith becomes a crime, a small mining town demands salvation from an unlikely prophet. After a devastating second civil war, the Reunited States of America has only one religion, the Common Faith, and Compliance Specialist Zoe Whelan has been on a roll, capturing hold-out Christians who refuse to give up their beliefs. While recovering after a near-death experience, she discovers former priest John Carroll is writing the Next Testament, a revelation from God that threatens to reignite conflict. Zoe’s on the hunt again, in a battle for her life against corrupt Common Faith officials and a dangerous girl-gang known as the Mollies. As she closes in on Father Carroll, Zoe has a revelation of her own, but will she survive to fulfill her destiny as The Messenger, the one who brings the Next Testament to a population desperate for freedom and salvation?

Available exclusively on Amazon Kindle and trade paperback. Check it out.

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Ulanzi Lens Footage

As posted before, I’m exploring the use of the Osmo Pocket Camera with Ulanzi add-on lenses. The results vary. However, for the cost of about USD$15 each at this time, I think they’re worth the creative possibilities they offer. Here’s a look at the OP-5 and OP-8, which are the wide angle and fish eye.

Of course, this is just a primitive test designed to show the perspective of each lens. With more practice and a few projects coming, I think they’ll be helpful in creating some great footage. Get out there with your camera and have some fun!

Ulanzi OP-5 for Osmo Pocket

I recently bought an Osmo Pocket camera. The camera is a fun device, great for vlogging, travel vids, and even narrative projects. I’ll be posting more about it very soon when I craft a few vids. However, I wanted to mention the Ulanzi OP-5 wide angle lens attachment because it’s a great addition to the Osmo Pocket concept. I like the wide angle perspective, not just for sweeping vistas, but for going in close and getting a lot in the frame. Here’s a very short vid that was made hand-held simply to show what that can look like.

The lens does a good job considering the price is barely USD$15.00 at the time of this post. That’s almost free. I’ll be doing some fun things with the Osmo Pocket, this lens and several others. One note: Be careful with the lens attached to your camera. It has a magnetic connection and is good but not super strong. Still, a great addition to my kit and will be used frequently. Go wide, go close. You’ll love the results.

Setting the scene…

We all remember our favorite movie openings, those scenes that take us to the world of the story, drop us in from our real world into the realm of the characters. In Dog & Kat, I wanted to make that an immersive experience, beginning with the audio. Much of the move-going experience is enhance by the soundtrack. Here’s a look at the opening scene:

First scenes of Dog & Kat.

First scenes of Dog & Kat.

Sorry about the sideways read there. Anyway, over a black screen we begin with the familiar sounds of a mechanic plying his trade. Even if you’re not familiar with these sounds, you’ll soon relate them to the main character as you see him in action. Furthermore, the black screen briefly deprives the viewer of any visual cue, forcing the focus to the audio. And then, boom! A close-up that reveals another aspect of this world, one that goes on to visually link one character to another. More to come.

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