Here are some quick tips to get you started creating your own book trailer:
- Pick the right book
- Watch other trailers
- Write your script
- Find your pictures and save them to the PCMS Google Drive account
- Use Animoto to put your images, text, background music and narration together
- Edit and check for flow and organization AND grammar/spelling
(Information is from the Book Trailers for Readers website)
Make a Plan
It is important to have an outline of what information you will include in your book trailer. Here is a basic outline of what you need to include as you map out your trailer:
- The book title
- Author’s name
- The genre (fiction or nonfiction) (AND fantasy, mystery, science fiction, historical fiction, adventure, realistic fiction, etc.)
- A description of at least one main character
- The problem the main character has to overcome (the main conflict) DO NOT explain if the character is successful at solving this problem!
- Summarize a few details about the action of the novel (3-4 sentences; NO SPOILERS!)
- What was your favorite part of the book, or a connection you personally made to the story or characters?
- At least THREE descriptive adjectives to describe the book (not a vague “interesting”)
- What books are similar to this one (“If you liked x, y, z, then you’ll like this book!”)?
- What would be a good song, or good music to play with your book trailer?
- What could be a tagline for your book?
- Armageddon (1998) "Earth. It was fun while it lasted."
- Dumb and Dumber (1994) "For Harry and Llyod, every day is a no-brainer."
- Finding Nemo (2003) "There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean. they're looking for one."
- I Am Legend (2007) "The last man on Earth is not alone."
- The Matrix (1999) "Reality is a thing of the past."
- Office Space (1999) "Work sucks."
- Alien vs. Predator (2004) "Whoever wins, we lose."
- Don't forget to include your credits (at the end):
Your name(s): __________________________________________
The year you made this trailer: 2016
Our school name: Putnam County Middle School
+Source(s) for the photos & audio you used, name of the song and singer, etc.
- Last, but not least, keep a time limit in mind. MOST book trailers are 30 sec. to 2 min. in length.