Five Easy Steps to Making a Great Book Trailer
Step One: Study the Masters
- Book Trailers for Readers
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen's (ex: voiceover)
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- My Rotten Life by David Lubar
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
***Tip: Always include the Title and Author of the book.
Step Two: Tell a Story
- Select images that show the tone of the book, Scary, suspenseful, futuristic, romantic? Are there any symbols or metaphors that stand out, what do you think the characters look like, how do you picture the setting?
- Select short, snappy text (What words might propel the trailer, often text posed in the form of a question works best).
- Think about using a voiceover.
Step Three: Search for Images and Music on Royalty-Free Sites
- Use the links to the right. Tons of free images, sounds, and video.
- Select music and sound effects.
- Stay organized!
- Create a folder on your desktop for your trailer.
- Keep all images and music in your book trailer folder.
- Add every site that you use to your EasyBib list.
Step Four: Use the Right Tool for the Job
- Please remember to select "Share" in iMovie and then select YouTube. Once you select this option you will be prompted to enter the library YouTube username and password; please see Mr. Brough for this information.
Step Five: Ready, Set, Launch!
- Does it make me curious about the book?
- Do the transitions make sense?
- Do the graphics fit the tone of the book?
- Does it grab my attention?
From the VOYA article by Pamela Lowell "Five Easy Steps to Making a Great Book Trailer that your Students-and Even Technophobes (like me)-Can Master."
Remember "popular music," is not Royalty Free. Anytime someone plays Tik Tok, Ke$ha receives a royalty ($$$). You can use commonly used songs but only 10% or 30 seconds of the song, anything else is a copyright violation. Remember if you choose to not use a royalty free site you can only play your presentation for educational use and it cannot be posted on the web.
Important Copyright Information: You must include source information in the closing credits.
Check out the following links for young adult book reviews. Read a few to get a sense of what you should include in your review.