I'm going to post four discussions...one each Monday over the next month. I hope you'll come along, do the homework and by the end of September you will have a fantastic and FREE book trailer to link on your blog. Even if you don't have a completed novel to work with yet, you can still participate and learn for when the time is right.
LESSON #1 : Know What You Want
There are all kinds of trailers out there. Super short...long and flowy....scary.....thought provoking....
The tone and length of your trailer should match the style of your novel or picture book.
Ask yourself: what kind of story is this? What length of trailer would work best?
Your assignment this week is to watch the following four trailers. They are all very different in tone, style and length.
Decide which appeals to you most and then count the number of frames in each trailer.
That number is what we will start with next Monday.
Here are your homework trailers to watch:
Randy Russell's trailer for his novel Dead Rules (Harper Teen 2011) is a great example of a short trailer (only 22 seconds)...it is also very atmospheric and haunting. Click HERE to see it.
Michelle Davidson Argyle (Lady Glamis)'s trailer for Cinders (August 2010) is a bit longer at 1:11 and she uses some of her own photography/novel cover in it. A very different feel from Randy's but quite suiting to this wonderful story, I think. Click HERE to see it.
Angie Smibert's Momento Nora (Marshall Cavendish 2011) trailer is even more different. It is quick at 41 seconds and uses a lot of group/people images. The music is more upbeat and really gives a different feel. click HERE to see it.
And last is my trailer for With A Name Like Love. It is very different from the three above and by far the longest at over 2 minutes. You can see it HERE.
Now give this some thought. What appeals to you most? About how long do you want your trailer to be? How many frames were in the trailer you most identified with? WRITE THAT NUMBER DOWN FOR NEXT MONDAY'S POST
Oh! And, spread the word! Invite friends to join us! At the end, I'll post links to all your completed trailers and we'll have a rockin' party to celebrate...prizes and all!
Whose jumping in?