Make a Book Trailer

  • Guidelines for creating a book trailer

    Just like film trailers, book trailers can help you decide if you want to read a particular book. Book trailers provide a short introduction to the book - a bit like the book blurb, but in live action!

    Once you've found a book that you want to make a book trailer for, choose the characters you want to include in your book trailer and five or six main actions that happen in the book - without any plot spoilers!

    Decide how you are going to act out these main scenes, and what dialogue or text you will use to support each 'scene'. How will the scenes link together?

    Now choose costumes and props and the setting(s), and decide what device you are going to use to film your trailer - a phone or tablet - and you're ready to go. 

    You can find out more about filming a book trailer project in the Resources section, below, plus guidelines for editing your film.

    Good luck! And don't forget to send your finished book trailer to ReadingZone!

     

  • How to send your book trailer to ReadingZone

    The easiest way to send your book trailer to ReadingZone is by uploading it to your own channel - for example, YouTube or Vimeo etc - and asking an adult to send us the link.

    Email your link to:  [email protected]

    If you would prefer to send your book trailer to ReadingZone, rather than a link, then use services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox, which are free, and send your book trailer to:  [email protected]

    You will also need to submit this online form, giving us permission to share your book trailer on the ReadingZone website.

     

     

Resources

  • Getting started on your film trailer

    Getting started on your film trailer

    What is a book trailer? And why do we make them? In this short video, created by A Tale Unfolds, we find out how book trailers can help us decide if we want to read a book or not, and what a finished book trailer might look like.

  • How to film a book trailer

    How to film a book trailer

    Filming your book trailer In this second short video, we find out how to film a book trailer using the iMovie app to film, edit and add images and sound to your book trailer.      

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    Creating a book trailer offers a range of opportunities in the classroom, including: Working collaboratively in pairs, groups and as a whole...
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