How To Make A Book Trailer
By Linda Hadaway
Part 1
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If you have never made a book trailer ( video)- the first thing to do is to take a deep breathe and exhale slowly. (I’ll wait.)
The next few questions are important-
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Do you want to make one video only? Or…do you want to continue to write books and make your own book trailer for each one? The reason for the question is—the first one you make will take an enormous amount of time….the next ones will go much quicker. Think of it as an investment- of time, if nothing else. If you’re already a writer- your brain is already full of creative energy…the trailer- will use different aspects of that creativity. I found it was more like art…Don’t take me wrong- I’m not an artist! But I loved creating my trailers!
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The next two things you’ll need to dive into- is…what kind of a program you want? Keep in mind, you may want to switch to a different program later on. There are free ones out there: Windows Movie Maker and Photo Story 3, to name a couple. I started with a free one and quickly moved to a paid program. Why? You ask? Because I wanted more guns and whistles. I wanted more options…more fun things to play with.
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I would suggest to look at different programs- play a little- watch their tutorials. However, you may want to begin the rest of the process- as it’s difficult to really get a grasp of it all until you are actually making the video. It will take time to learn that program and expect to run into some frustrations- until you’ve had some practice.
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..step back a step. What do you want your video to portray? I assume you want a audience to watch it and then run out to buy your novel. If so- get a note book- use an average of 10 pages and write on each page what will tell the reader-about your book- and excite them. Along with each written sentence—or –statement- what kind of a picture comes to mind? Jot down an idea- or several. If you aren’t sure what you want for a certain page- skip to the next one…and go back to it later.
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Next week we will get more into the “meat” of the trailer. Your assignment is to watch several trailers- see what you like- and check out programs.
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( www.lindahadaway.com) check my videos first- if you’d like
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