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Trespassing in Time Capsules: Making the Miss Peregrine Trailer

Half of the Miss Peregrine trailer was shot in my house. The other half was shot many thousands of miles away, in Belgium and Luxembourg, where I tried to find the locations I'd dreamed up for my book in real life. Along the way I met up with a Dutch urban explorer, got yelled at by Flemish farmers, and discovered some truly creepy abandoned houses.

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This is so incredible! Like a good nightmare, if there is such thing.

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNina

This is amazing! I was completely amazed by the book trailer and have watched it over, and over again. I ordered the book last week and finished it a couple of days ago. I am so in love with this book and telling everyone I know to read it! All the best. :0)

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy H

Just thought you might like hearing that when I went to my local bookstore to pick up "Miss Peregrine", they were COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! I'm now on the waiting list. That's right: there's a waiting list for your book! I'm a big fan of Mental Floss, so I sort of felt a little thrill of excitement when I heard that, like you feel when a friend does something great. Congratulations on your HUGE success, and I can't wait to read the book!


June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

The trailer is wonderfully creepy, but it also makes me wish I could snag up one of those homes and renovate. I am held back though by the thought that they should be left untouched so that they can remain frozen in time to preserve their history and stories. So close to the now long-gone occupant, yet so far away!

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Fiorito

I am completely transfixed! I keep looking at the clock wishing it was 9 am as that is when the bookstore opens. The long holiday weekend seems like the perfect time to begin a novel.

On another note, the interior designer in me just sees potential beauty in all of the homes. But the second, truly captivated me. Perhaps because my business and blog is Decor To Adore.

Best of luck to you.

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Ingalls Gunn

I just wanted to say that this video is gorgeous! I have not yet read Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children but after seeing the trailer on Amazon and exploring your site, I know that I am going to read it. I had actually wondered where the house that you used in the trailer was located so I'm glad that this video answered my question.

I loved all of the wondrous shots of houses, pictures and knick-knacks that you used in the video. I love abandoned houses and all those shots really made them seem more alive and gave me more appreciation for them.

Thanks for such a wonderful video! :-)

July 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

I work in a highschool and have been an avid reader all my life. I love Ralph Waldo Emerson---his work changed my life when I was 15 almost 50 years ago. I loved Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and the trailer that Ransom Riggs just made for it. Please keep writing and let me hear more about Jacob and Emma and their friends. People that can write books like this one make everyone's brains and lives a little bigger, a little magical.

July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Seacrest

This little film, this glimpse into deserted houses is SOOOOO beautiful. It was almost more than I could take, and I had to stop it repeatedly and get a cup of coffee, chant "oh my god: repeatedly to my self, call my sister, take a short walk around the yard, just so that I could physically take in the wondrous beauty of it all. When can I move in?
You are so gifted.
Thank you.

September 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Beautiful, eerie and magical.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKellie Theo

i am smack dab in the center of the book - and i LOVE it - as a wannabe writer, you have given me a new found inspiration

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristopher long

Goodafternoon from a sunny Holland!!!
OMG...where do I start...I just got home from Amsterdam and when I saw your book in the window at the American Bookcenter I walked in and purchased it without reading a single word.I just knew I would love it.... At home I immediately started to look online to see what I could find and I found the amazing film of your trip to Europe...boy do I wish I had been a fly on one of your traveling bags:-)the houses are so hauntingly beautiful!!!Your book hasn't left my side and I am soooo looking forward to reading it.The photo's are amazing.The book totally made my day and I just had to let you know!
So glad you enjoyed Amsterdam(and the beer heehee)and Belgium.
Many dutch greetings!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDees

Awesome is all I can say. Have started the book and am swept away by how it an make you feel the bog below your feet and the smell of rotten wood from the decaying children's home. Well written and can't wait to pick it up when the kids aren't demanding my attention to see where the next steps will lead Jacob. =)

November 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

mygawd, here I am again. A movie of Miss Peregrine...of course, absolutely.....as I kept going deeper into your blog,web, whatever, got more and more hooked. again, thank you for being here. and I intensely loved your trailer filled with those all perfect ravaged palaces for peculiar children (families). np

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternancypeters

I just finished reading your book. Amazing! The thing that surprised me the most was that the photographs were actually real and not Photoshop. One of the things I was wondering is if the stories came alive through the photographs or did the story develop from the photographs? After seeing your video on the different houses, it has to be impossible for a writer not to develop stories around these amazing places. Bravo, can't wait to read the next book.

January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth


February 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGina Lighton

If it ever becomes possible to let people walk around inside your head, a la "Being John Malkovich," won't you remember me and give me a call so I can come play for a day?

Please don't ever stop what you do-- you're channeling great beauty amid apparent "ruins."

Thank you
Thank you
Thank you.

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfritha

Damn we Belgian have an image to maintain..mostly we are known for chocolate, beer and french ( there are actually Belgian) fries, but we have a whole lot more to offer, like apparantly yelling Flemish farmers.. :-)

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoke

Dear Mr. Riggs, I thought you might like to know a 76-yr. old grandmother enjoys your work. I am glad there will be much more!! Your characterizations in Miss P. were incredible. You seem to have a knack for making "peculiar" normal, and oh, so interesting. I also loved your trailer!! Thanks so much!!

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Elliott

Hi, i'm Ellie and I live in Michigan. I love your book so much and I heard there would be a movie. Is anyone casted yet? And how old is Fiona? If no one is casted, I would love to Audition for someone! How old would the children be if not stuck in the loop? If people are already casted, then I can't wait to see it!

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllie Lancaster

One of my ex-boyfriends is a photographer and we used to spend entire weekend traipsing through the Flemish countryside, trying to find "haunted houses" and honestly, we found loads. It's pretty amazing to think that what were obviously opulent dwellings at some point, were just abandoned that way... It seems like it is often a case of inheritance disputes...
I just started reading Miss Peregrine (the first book I've actually bought for my Kindle) and I'm loving it!!
Kind regards from Brussels, Belgium

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertcd

Where are all the 100s of comments this post should have? What an utterly fascinating film. It is so cool. You are so cool!

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Griffiths

This is great! I am looking forward to see you and listen to your talk with Sjón in Iceland this weekend. :)

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArmina

This is the exact house I saw too when I read your book. A testament to your skills. They should have made you the great and powerful OZ instead! Thank you for taking us on your adventures and letting us share in the secrets behind the curtain! ~CP

May 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchris porter

i think that is nightmare he he he he he

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteronlinenewspoint

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