I didn’t intend to make a film about, or for, or promoting, my novel, A Footnote to Plato, which has yet to be published. My original plan was simply to clean up some raw vacation footage from my trip to Greece in 2014, but when I came across the photos I used for descriptions in my novel—the apartment’s rooftop terrace, the balloons, the alleys, the graffiti of the penis-nosed guy—I found I just couldn’t resist the temptation to fool around with them on iMovie. (That’s what I’ve been up lately. You can see the evidence on my new YouTube channel.)
Some background: The film is based on a poem “written by” a character, Zeb, a bright, seemingly happy-go-lucky math student who nevertheless sells drugs to pay his own way through college as he struggles to find his path in life. One day he sits in on a Plato class and finds an unlikely mentor in philosophy professor, Dr. Fischelson, who secures a grant for Zeb to travel with him and a small group of students to Greece to film a YouTube lecture series on Plato. Zeb’s poem in this film reflects his experience in seeing the Parthenon for the first time—an opportunity he never even dreamed would come his way—and it comes from a place of newfound appreciation for ancient thought, particularly Plato’s ideas.
Be sure to turn on the sound—there’s a bizarre Greek chorus-style narration which I hope you’ll find amusing. In normal, non-pandemic circumstances, I probably would’ve asked friends to chip in their voices on the narration, but at any rate I managed to find a goofy little work-around that I’m pleased with.
Have you ever heard of a novel trailer? If so, where? Any ideas about what could such a thing be used for?