Happy Wednesday, everyone!
Helping me with today’s challenge is the lovely Chieu Urban, who is offering the following helpful tips for creating book trailers!
Have you ever thought about making your own book trailer? It’s easier than you think. There is a wonderful online software available that is useful for putting together book trailers, and you don’t need to have any software experience to pull off a professional look.
For my book trailer, I used Animoto.
You may also want to check out One True Media, as they offer more templates.
Start off by choosing a plan – I decided to pay for the one month PRO plan of $39, and it allows your video to be created at a higher resolution. Have pictures and videos ready and choose a template. From there, you may select from their music library or download your own. Drop your images into place and plug in your text. Please note that the videos are added in short clips, and that was the biggest limitation. I had to piece my videos together.
I designed my trailer for RAINDROPS: A SHOWER OF COLORS in about four hours total. I had a lot of images to upload. I wanted a trailer that would be entertaining for preschoolers with a fun party feel to it. Here it is if you would like to check it out.
My friend, Salina Yoon, created this great trailer using Animoto for her book KALEIDOSCOPE. She is an award-winning and best-selling author and truly, amazing talent! I love the magical feel in her trailer that works so well with book. Please note she uses only images. There are no videos in this trailer.
You can try out a free trial and play around with it before purchasing a plan. Good luck. If you create a trailer, please share with us!
Thanks, Chieu! And because of your advice, I decided to use Animoto when doing the trailer for JUST FLIRT.
You’re right, it is easy . . . Correction: COULD be easy, if you don’t overcomplicate things like I did by obsessing over finding perfect images, obsessing over landing the perfect transitions between images, deleting your first posted trailer because it was too long, and then starting the whole agonizingly obsessive process all over again!
And you seriously don’t want to know how long it took me.
Let’s just say it was more than four hours . . .
I also ended up spending way, way, WAY too much money on images that only ended up being cut, which really, really, REALLY bugs me because I hate wasting money! So I got to thinking. The images are already bought. I can’t return them, so what creative way could I get some use out of them?
Wait. I know! I can torture my fellow SCBWI’ers with them!
*Sigh.* I just love torturing you.
So with that, here’s WRITING CHALLENGE #5: The Reverse Book Trailer
That’s right, I want you to write a short synopsis based on the images, music, and style of this book trailer that took me only minutes to create and is made from photographs I didn’t use:
Have fun with this one, and DON’T THINK TOO MUCH!
[Edited to add: If you need better explanation of this assignment or would like to see an example, then read the comments for this post!]
And for our artist friends, our lovely regional illustrator coordinator, Susan Detwiler, is providing your . . .
ILLUSTRATOR CHALLENGE #5: EMOTIONAL MOOD
Depict an object or scene and use color and lighting to set the emotional mood.
Happy drawing and illustrating, everyone! And if you’re like me and need to catch up with the previous challenges, here’s the links: