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Book Trailers: Home


The newest way to promote your book is with video! These videos are called Book Trailers. They are similar to a movie trailer in that they are designed to build interest in an upcoming or current novel and to encourage people to buy the book that they are based on.

The main difference is that a movie trailer already has visual images to work with - clips from the film. With a book trailer, the maker (either the author themselves, a professional videographer, or you) 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 - and without really clearly defining what the characters look like, as most readers prefer to visualize what they are reading about as they imagine it themselves.

Most book trailers run from one to three minutes. They can be anything from the author reading a passage from the book to an elaborate mini-movie.

Let your imagination be your guide!


A Prezi with some helpful tips on making booktrailers

Storyboard & Rubric

If you want to download a video clip from YouTube or another site that permits downloads, please send the link via email to Mrs. Nocita.  She will download the video clip for you and drop it into your network folder. 


During this project you may use your own device.  Please note the following rules:

1) Your device (other than a phone) should be left in the library at the beginning of the day before school and picked up each day after school. Put your name on a sticky note and leave the device in the library workroom. The school is not responsible for damages or loss.  If you leave it in your locker, you run a greater risk.

2) You must use the BV network to access the internet.  You may not use your own data plan.  If you need help connecting your particular device, please ask a member of the library staff for assistance. Go to the student info page -- BV WIFI for assistance 

3) You must have explicit permission from PSMS students or staff to use their likeness in your production. Do not take unauthorized pictures/videos.