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Creating Book Trailers for The Critic's Corner   Tags: books, digital learning, literacy, multimedia, reading  

Use this guide to create amazing book trailers that we will upload to YouTube and use to create book reviews for other schools!
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Step 1: Getting Started Print Page

Quick Tips

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.



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