Most people would be familiar with a movie trailer, the visual equivalent of reading the blurb on the back of a book. A trailer promotes a film, with good graphics, maybe a voice over, and perhaps some film highlights. It should make you want to see the film, without giving too much of the plot away. A book trailer does exactly the same… but for a book. There are many great examples to see on YouTube.
Working in your allocated group, you will need to:
Choose the book that you would like to promote.
Discuss what kind of book you think it is and who you think the intended audience would be.
You will need to sketch up a story board of your ideas before filming.
You will need to make a short film (no more than 2 or 3 minutes) that promotes your book title.
SOME HELPFUL HINTS
There is certain information a potential reader needs to have:
a) The title of the book.
b) Who the book is by.
c) When is the book available and where from.
You might also introduce the potential readers to the key characters, the main setting and the genre of the book.
Think about the film techniques you may use (angles / lighting / music etc). Are you going to use actors / animated characters / computer graphics / special effects?
Hand in your story board along with a cover sheet showing the bibliographic details for your chosen book, the names of all the people in your group, and the running time of your trailer. Email a copy of your video in mp3 format to your teacher, or bring in on a USB so that it can be transferred directly onto their computer (alternatively teacher may show how to upload file onto shared space.)
Students will need to be able to access and use cameras and camcorders, and may need to learn to use some basic multimedia / editing software. The recording capacity of most standard digital cameras may well be sufficient for the students needs.
Some opportunity should be provided for a movie viewing session. The books used in film clips could be on display, and then available for other students to borrow.
Clips created can be shown to a wider audience via library displays, and the library NYR Moodle.
Some examples of book trailers:
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Book trailer for Leviathan
Sense and sensibility and sea monsters
Tensy Farlow and the home for misplaced children
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
This is shyness by Leanne Hall