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Book Trailers

Wild Fire - badddddd example

Time Zero - good example

Trust - good example

Planning Guide

Book Trailer Creation

1.  Video Concept:

What’s inherently fascinating, timely or socially relevant about your book? Perhaps there’s an unusual setting or character? What are the stakes? What is the genre/tone? What’s the core conflict or emotion? Who’s your audience? Is there an element of surprise or reversal that defies your reader’s expectations and compels them to want to know more?

2.  Format:

How will you structure your trailer? Will it be live action, animation, documentary style, found footage, or a collage of images set to music?

3. Write the script:

Your script will be your creative blueprint. Keep it short—the ideal length for a video is 90-180 seconds. Write out the action and dialogue. What do we see and hear? Don’t forget the call-to-action at the end of the video, i.e. how to access the story, more info, etc.  Also - NO SPOILERS!

4. Pre-production

Allow enough prep time before production to make sure you know what you know what you need to do for your trailer, and you have gathered any necessary supplies.

5. Production:

Your job is to make sure your vision/script is being executed, as planned, but you should also be open to creative direction.

6. Post-production:

This encompasses the editing phase and screenings for people you trust until you’re happy with the result and lock the video for distribution.  ALWAYS preview your video before you submit it in order to ensure that the audio sounds good, voiceovers can be clearly heard, pictures aren't pixilated, etc..

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Export and Submission Directions

To export your trailer on your Macbook:

  1. Click "Share" button in the top right corner and choose "File"
  2. Click "Next"
  3. Name your project and save it to your desktop to make it easy to find.
  4. Your trailer is not fully exported until the circle next to the share button is fully filled in:   
  5. You will also get this message when your movie is done exporting:  

To submit your book trailer:

  1. Upload your project to ARC on Canvas
  2. Choose a Text entry and then click on the blue ARC button found above the text box
  3. Choose your project.  After it processes, click EMBED, and then hit SUBMIT.
  4. Your project is not submitted until you receive a SUBMISSION CONFIRMATION.