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Creating Book Trailers

A book trailer is video that promotes a book.  It can be a live-action video like The Death Cure.  Or it can be a series of photos like Swindle.  You can make an animated cartoon like Chomp.

A book trailer is like a commercial for a book.  Think about your favorite movie ads.  Do they tell the whole story? Or do they give you just enough info to grab your attention?  The best ads leave you wanting to know more.

Here's one Ms. Smith made:




Here are some great resources for creating your own book trailer.

General Resources

How To Make a Book Trailer -- good directions and recommendations for sites to find pictures and music
Movie Making -- another great site with programs you can use and links to pictures and music
Book Trailer Resources (symballoo) -- links to sites with copyright friendly pictures, videos, and music
Storyboard Generator -- You can choose a script and create a storyboard. Try building your own storyboard using background location photographs.

Applications/Programs

Windows MovieMaker
Mac iMovie
Microsoft Office PowerPoint
Windows Photo Story

Places to find pictures (don't forget to give credit for all pictures/video you use)

Pics4Learning
Copyright Free and Public Domain Media Sources
Free Media Goo
MorgueFile
Wikimedia Commons
Free Photos Bank
Open Photo
Every Stock Photo
Big Huge Labs -- great for editing and playing with pictures
Copyright Friendly Images -- tons of links!
Free Pictures of Everything on Earth

Places to find sounds/music (don't forget to give credit for all sounds/music you use)

Absolute Sound Effects Archive
ccMixter
Free Sound Effects
SoundJay
Copyright Friendly Music and Sound

 
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