Tuesday, 4 June 2013

W.A.L.T make a book trailer - Thank you Ben I.

Hints and Tips for making a great book trailer:
Don't Tell Everything
Think of a movie trailer. Does it show the whole movie? No, it doesn't. Instead, it show tiny snippets of the story, making the viewer want to see more. The key is to only show the viewer just enough to make them feel the need to discover more. This will lead them to your website, which, in turn, will get them a step closer to buying your book.
Limit the Time
Like not showing everything, you need to find a balance in time. Too short, and your viewer will be confused and not want to look at what it's all about. Too long, and the viewer will grow bored, and not get to the end of your trailer, and then will not bother to find out more. The trailer has to be the perfect length. Ideally, 1 ½ to 2 minutes is an excellent length for a book trailer, but anywhere up to 2 ½ would still be acceptable. At this length, you can't give away too much and your audience won't grow bored.
Fit the Mood
This is crucial - the mood of your book, should be reflected in the trailer.  The point is, if your book is sad, have images and sound that will go along with it. If your story has a lot of action and suspense, that should be reflected as well.
A Picture Says a Thousand Words
This can almost be considered the "traditional" way of making a book trailer. It is also the easiest, which is probably why it is the most popular.  The photos you pick for you trailer should be representative of your book and the characters within. Using a tool such as iMovie and iphoto you put these photos into a video and add some music to them.
Going to the Movies
Think of this one as looking like your typical movie trailer. It will have a bunch of short clips, encompassing the entire book. But as stated before, you don't want to give away too much - just enough to entice the viewer. Like the previous idea, this will require getting some actors and shooting several of the scenes from your book. And like the previous idea, if you happen to be a talented artist, go for animating it, this way you are not limited in your vision. Put these scenes to some appropriate music and you've got yourself a movie style book trailer.

Focus - Persuasive writing
Purpose (Why are we writing)- to persuade people to read my book.
W.A.L.T make a book trailer - Think of a book trailer as something like a movie trailer. It is a short preview designed to get people excited about your book. When designing a book trailer, you should consider the following

Success Criteria:
Persuasive phrase - Words
Good images from the book
Not too long - 1 - 2 1/2 minutes
The music fits the mood of the book - Catchy
Use the main and most interesting parts
Persuasive question? - Will the poison work?
Make sure we don't use the imovie ready made trailers
We need a plan
We need a storyboard

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