TheCraterLibraryKeymasterFebruary 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm
As an author, always bear in mind that “writing is business”. Your books are your brand. No matter how much you spend on book trailers, if your books are not quality, it will flop. People pick up books in bookshops out of curiosity which could have been piqued by your name or book cover. Book trailers are meant to pique the viewers’ interest enough to make them want to purchase a copy (hard or soft).
Before you begin your book trailer, you need to do the following;
• Develop a script: Note your book’s main plot points and pick out characters that will resonate with the viewers more. If you are on a budget, stick to effects and music. Voices can be incorporated too. For those with cash to spare, you might need to hire aspiring actors.
This is an example of a one minute book trailer script on Chinua Achebe’s Things fall apart which was developed by The Crater Library team.
Opening: A blurry picture of a topless well built black man. A flash of a war scene – men hacked down with machete, huts burning down and the sounds of women and babies screaming in the background.
Queue music: slow traditional drums and oja begins to play an ominous and pensive music as the smokes and voices fade to reveal the foot of a white painted chief priest (camera moves from foot to his attire then marked face) who demands the sacrifice of Ikemefuna.
Words blaze across the screen: “Before a man is born, his chi decides his fate…Okonkwo, a man who designs his fate and fights his chi”
Fade to a savage thunderstorm with a frightened teen boy running to a bright-eyed Okonkwo who strikes him with a machete.
Queue music: fast tempo drums play while the flash scene of villagers burning Okonkwo’s house and yam is shown while 6 white men denounce the African gods.
Fade to black, queue the words, “Can a man fight his destiny…or will he embrace it?”
A flashscene of a hand unmasking egwugwu, a man in a pool of blood while elders look on in shock at a heaving Okonkwo and his bloody cutlass.Lights fade away to reveal .Okonkwo dangling from a rope.
Music fades in time with a 360 view of Okonkwo’s dead body.
• Consider and research on the following software you will be needing.
Photo editing software
Audio editing software
Video editing software
Studio quality headphones
Studio quality Microphone
Even if you are on a budget, never use your windows movie maker to edit your trailer. While WWM is good, it isn’t ideal for a professional video.
There are a lot of options online which ranges from the high end software to the free. Some of this high end software also offers free trials so you can take advantage of it.
Free software that you can try out
• Photo editing software: Corell’s Paintshop Pro is not free but it offers a trial version.
• Audio editing software: Audacity if free.
• Video editing software: Jahshaka is not free but offers a trial version.
• Studio quality headphones and Microphone: visit electronic shops and try out headphones with good sound quality.
For tutorials, please check out our Tutorial page for video links.
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