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?