Making Book Trailers

by , Thursday February 2, 2017
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Making Book Trailers

Making Trailers for Books

Another quick & easy guide to creating trailers for your stories and others!

 

 

I'm not a professional video editor. I'll go ahead and say that right at the start. However, it's something I enjoy doing, and something I put a lot of practice into to develop skills that are good enough for me to write this blog. Also, I love being able to create a visual idea about some of the stories I write on here: sometimes, written meanings can become lost.

 

 

Here, I've put together six of my best tips for creating a quality book trailer:

 

1. Research other book trailers. One of the best parts of making a trailer is watching loads of other ones for inspiration. Take notes on things you like about them, and remember some of the things that you don't.

 

2. Write a script, or write notes for each key scene you are going to include. This is especially useful for longer trailers that may contain multiple different scenes or characters. Don’t just use the blurb or description. Since we digest text very differently from watching a video than reading the back of a book, it's essential that the meaning is as clear as possible and that it has been put thoughtfully.

 

3. Simple ideas are sometimes the best. Using too many different elements can make a book trailer confusing and hard to watch. Try to think about the strongest themes of the book and base your trailer on those. The more visual, auditory, and verbal elements you incorporate, the greater the likelihood that your trailer will be a mess. Your book may be a novel, but your trailer should be a poem.

 

4. Don't just summarise the plot, or aim to create a film trailer. In some cases, it may be appropriate to summarise the plot, but consider an approach which shows the style and theme of the story while hinting at elements of the plot. Summarising the plot tends to overload the trailer with information and make it boring rather than enticing the reader to turn the page. Remember, make hints to the story and don't spoil the ending of the book: that will put off your viewers.

 

5. Choose your music carefully. Copyright is a big issue when it comes to finding an appropriate soundtrack for your trailer. There is no shortage of public domain music or video clips, and you can always create your own if you are struggling to find something perfect.

 

6. Have your important information appear at the end. Have the meat of your trailer be an evocation of the book itself, separate from the content that is explicitly promotional. It is also part of human nature to remember the most recent thing that we've seen or heard, meaning that the viewer is more likely to remember your books information.

 

 

Those are my top six tips for creating a trailer. I hope any readers found this useful and I look forward to seeing more trailers on Movellas soon!

 

 

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