This Is How I Save My Life
When we saw the beautiful trailer for the memoir, This Is How I Save My Life by Amy B. Scher, we knew we had to share it with our readers. The book recounts Amy’s journey to save her life from ravaging Chronic Lyme Disease. At 28—and after eight years of misdiagnosis, tests and treatments—Amy decides to travel from California to a tiny clinic in India for a controversial embryonic stem cell treatment. Along the way, she discovers a surprising health revelation: the connection between the body and the mind. This isn’t our typical read here at Shelf Pleasure, but this moving trailer makes us want to go along on Amy’s journey.
“I hate to complain. Trailer editors will cringe. I had too much footage. There, I said it. Too much—the opposite problem of most book trailer projects.
The truth is, my book trailer was making itself long before a book was even written. A big part of my journey to save my life occurred in Delhi, India, where I received an embryonic stem cell transplant. When I was able to venture outside the hospital walls, I took my beloved HD video camera and I let it roll. For hours. And hours. And hours.
I captured the culture shock (both mine and the residents’ on the street wondering why a white girl was roaming with a video camera in their non-touristy neighborhood): the children playing cricket; the women selling handmade goods; the beggars; the cows. So when it came time to show that part of my journey, I thought it would be easy. But it wasn’t. That’s when I discovered my emotional attachment to each shot. It became a challenge to simply focus on the images that told the story and leave the memories associated with each piece, out.
Some of my favorite shots simply didn’t fit well with the narration I had recorded so they had to be left out. As an author, I always get to tell my story, my way—at length. But in a book trailer, my whole story flashes before my eyes, begging to be condensed into two minutes. Not easy for a woman of many words.
The second challenge I faced was showing my “sick days.” I had very few shots of myself at that time (no surprise). In fact, those were the days before digital cameras and it’s amazing what a difference that makes. We had to use creative ways to make the audience understand the gravity of my condition. It turned out a couple pictures of me and a couple that depicted the medical drama that was my life, did the trick.
In the end, I think the trailer has perfect balance. Just enough focus on the past to show viewers where I came from with a nod toward the importance of where I’m going. It really feels like how I live my life. But really, it’s not just about me. Like my book, the trailer is intended to take you on a journey of the heart—reminding you there is one waiting for you to take too.”
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