Teen Book Trailers

Tips for a great book trailer

Tips for a great book trailer

  • Create a timeline before you start.
  • Think visually, and simplify!
  • If you don't own it, you can't use it (music, images, etc).
  • Write a great script - not just what's on the back of the book.
  • You don't have to summarize the plot; just do enough to get the idea across and then move on to an aspect of the work that will get people intrigued!
  • Be creative and clever.

(Tips compiled from Writer's Digest, Todd Mitchell, Stina Lindenblatt )

Free tools, apps, and resources

Free Tools, Apps, and Resources


  • Magisto Video Editor & Maker -  Android & iOS app to edit video clips and photos into movies
  • Cute Cut - iOS video editor, with professional editing tools
  • Shotcut - Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor

Computer Programs

  • iMovie - OS X video editing
  • Avidemux - Windows & OS X video editing
  • Lightworks - Windows program with professional editing tools

Web Tools

Media (Sound, Images)

Many of these sites provide public domain or Creative Commons licensed work.  Make sure to read any permissions or usage restrictions on media before you incorporate it in your project.


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