Creating Your Book Trailer


The main difference between a movie trailer and a book trailer is that a movie trailer already has visual images to work with – clips from the film. With a book trailer, the maker has to convert the written words into visual images. The trick is to convey a sense of what the book is about without giving anything away.

Your booktrailer must include information that reveals your understanding of the following elements within your novel:

  • Main characters
  • Plot–be very careful not to ‘give away’ the climax of the novel
  • Setting
  • Theme
  • Tone/mood

How to Get Started

  • Storyboard your ideas out.  This will make your project much easier. Click here to download a storyboard template. 
  • Find your images and audio clips.  Start by creating some folders to organize your media. In your t:drive, create a Book Trailer folder.  Within the Book Trailer folder, create a Image Files folder and a Sound Files folder.  Here are some places to find images and sound without breaking copyright laws: 
  • Open Windows Movie Maker.  If you areunfamiliar with Movie Maker, click here for a Movie Maker help sheet.

This project aimsto develop the following skills:

  • Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
  • Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view,use, and assess.
  • Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.
  • Respect copyright / intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information.

Sample Book Trailers: