So, I’m assuming you’ve come from Part 2. If you haven’t read Part 1 or Part 2, do so now. Then come back here.
Okay, you’re back! Great. That means you’ve done a story-board for your book trailer, and you’ve compiled all the images, video clips, and audio that you are going to use.
Making a Book Trailer Video
The next step is to edit it all together into a marvelous book trailer video! I can’t tell you how to use your video editing software, because there are so many options for software out there and they’re all different. Here are tutorials for your basic software that comes with your computer:
Windows Movie Maker: Narrated by a nice American lady.
IMovie: Vanessa here is also American. Her volume is quite low, though.
Here’s a tutorial for how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, my personal favourite video editing software. Warning: it’s expensive. But if you want to be a pro video editor or if you think you’re going to have a lot of multimedia projects at school, this is a good investment. Kris here claims that he can teach you how to use it in 20 minutes... go!
Ready to put your video together? Remember: a fantastic book trailer for school should…
- Set the tone or mood of the book through the words, music, colours, and images you select.
- Give the book’s HOOK, but not too much information.
- Make the viewer want to read the book.
- Be quick, catchy, and enigmatic – think lots of visuals, not many words.
- Show the book cover and give the author’s name and book title.
- Show any previous books if your book is part of a series.
If you have done a book trailer you’re particularly proud of, please link it in the comments so my readers can watch it.
Do you want to see some excellent book trailers done by my students? Check these out:
Book trailer for Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis (done by Martha, grade 10):
Book trailer for A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (done by Amna, grade 10):More awesome book trailers done by my students are coming soon! To a screen near you! :)
It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.
-- The Writer's Almanac