Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Trailers

I LOVE watching previews. I'm actually a little ridiculous about it. Usually, once a week, I'll pop over to Apple Trailers and download anything new and just watch my little heart out.

So - as you can imagine, to me - the idea of BOOK trailers totally rocks!

I decided I wanted to make one for Golden Blood. It had been suggested to me a while ago, but I wasn't sure I could pull it off, so popped it into the 'too hard' box until I was ready.

Well, the other day I sat down and decided to stop being stupid and just make one. I spent a good half hour on youtube looking at a whole bunch of other book trailers and deciding what I liked about each of them. After that, I decided I could pull it off without creating something mega lame :)

First things first, I needed music, clips, photos and some good little lines running throughout it. I wanted to try and do this for free, so all the components needed to be royalty free and still useable legally.

It was much easier than I thought it would be. Google images was a great place to start, plus the following sites...

http://www.videoblocks.com/ These guys offer a free download trial. I went to town and got a bunch of stuff I could use for future trailers as well.

http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/ These guys have a bunch of free music that is awesome for backing tracks.

http://www.footagefirm.com/ I didn't end up using this site, but I saw the link and thought I'd share. Looks quite good.


Once I had all my material tucked away in a folder, it was time to start construction. I'm a mac girl so I opened up imovie and got to work. imovie is a very easy program to use, so in the end putting the clip together did not take long.

Once I had finished it, got my friends to give me a little feedback and tweaked it some more, I uploaded it to youtube then linked it to all the sites I am associated with. It's had some good responses, so that's great.

The best part about this - I had so much fun doing it. I was really happy with the end result too.

You can have a little look see on this blog - up in the left hand corner. I hope you enjoy it :)

Have any of you made book trailers or had them made for you?
What do you look for in a book trailer?
Do they entice you to read a book?
What's the best book trailer you've seen so far?

9 comments:

  1. I am fascinated by book trailers! It seems like such an overwhelming thing to do, though! Thanks for the links. I bookmarked this page so when I'm ready, I can come back. I watched your trailer, and I love it!

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  2. So glad the links are helpful :) Good luck when you put yours together. Sing out, if you need any help :)

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  3. Nice to meet you Melissa, thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I tried to watch the video but I couldn't see it and a search on you tube didn't report any results either :( You can copy the video's HTML by right clicking it, then it's easy to add it to your blog (the sidebar button is called HTML/Javascript)

    Anyway, thanks so much for this information it is really helpful! I just wish I was an artist because my favorite trailer's have drawings of the Characters in them :)

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  4. Just kidding! I just got the video to work. Great job, it has me intrigued :)

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  5. Yay - glad you enjoyed it.... and glad you got it to work :)

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  6. Oh my gosh - I don't know what in the world you were scared about! I loved it. In fact, it's one of the best one's I've seen! Great job!

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  7. I love that you're using your pen name already, Leigh :) Awesome.
    Glad you liked the trailer :)

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