Video Book Trailers
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We wanted a fun, easy way to share video book trailers! With so many of our computers being used for testing,
and how long editing takes on iMovie, Vine sounded like the perfect solution!
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Directions

In a small group, (3 is best!) choose a favourite book that you’ve already read. Brainstorm together how you could get readers interested in the book without giving it all away. Don’t try and summarize the story, just a few visual & fun ideas that will be intriguing or eye catching. Think of a movie trailer or a book blurb and how they can draw you into the story without giving away any spoilers! Make sure at some point you show the cover of the book and say the title –even if it’s for only 1-2 seconds.

Tech Tips

Remember, every time you touch the Vine screen, it stops & starts the action. Want to film a stop action video? Go for it! Or, 3 clips of 3 seconds of action works quite well. Expect to film this at least 3 times before you get the final one! Don’t forget to add hashtags to the description! Ex: #VinerBookTrailers, #BookTrailers, or perhaps #SummerReading

Vine Examples for Inspiration

Here's an example that Ms. Jones & Ms. VanderVeen came up with to show as an example.

Here's another one from a viner named CassielThom found by searching Vine for Book Trailer

From Grand Central Publishing



Student Vine Video Book Trailers

from Mrs. VanderVeen's 7th grade period one class
GAJ_Vine_Avatar.pngWe recently got permission to film these in my school district using the Vine App!
(Thank you Robert Cole @racolej & Julie Wray! @jwwray!)

I am posting these under my name because of our Responsible Use Policy - Vine has been approved for
high school kiddos over 13 - but our kids are Middle Schoolers - So they create & I post.
Let me assure you that these videos are kid written, storyboarded, and recorded.
OK, I may help a little w/ some creative ideas here and there....but So cool, huh?
Click on my avatar on left for the MHMS Daring School Library Media Center VINE Channel!
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) by Rick Riordan
Riordan is pronounced - RYE-or-Dan

The Danny and the Dinosaur Treasury: Three Huge Adventures by Syd Hoff

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky NOTE: This is a High School book & available at our local library - get your parent's permission to read it!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green NOTE: This is a High School book & available at our local library - get your parent's permission to read it!

MHMS & HCPSS Summer Reading List Promo


Visit our Summer Reading Page for our PDF of AWESOME Books!
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What to include in your Vine descriptions

The idea is to keep them short & sweet. Name of the book - very important - something about the book without spoilers, & our hashtags.

Of course, we don't want to overdue the hashtags - we're pretty close as it is - unless it's done in an ironic snarky kinda way then that would be #hilarious

EXAMPLE Hashtags


Add #NameOfBook to your #SummerReading list!
This book is really (Adjective - scary, funny, exciting, romantic, adventurous, page-turning etc.)
#VinerBookTrailers #HCPSS @hcpss_mhms

Other Vine Tips & Examples

Six simple Vine tips
Vine: 12 Ways to Make Your Videos Stand Out - Mashable
12 //Tips on Making// Better //Vine// Videos | David Lee King
No Budget Book Trailers on Twitter Vine

Vine Video Book Trailer Storyboard


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View, Copy or Comment, on Google Drive
Or view on Slideshare!

Storyboarding Tips

  • allow you to plan out your digital story in a visual way. Look at what happens first, next etc onto the last scene (the timing)
  • communicate your ideas about the story
  • make a blueprint for your video before the production stage
  • organize and develop the focus of the story
  • allow you to see the entire sequence flow/continuity) of your video
  • allow you to see what you are doing - and what to keep and what to cut out (unnecessary scenes/pictures, dialogue, etc)
  • enable you to work out the interaction between images (the visual transitions)
  • enable you to work out any dialogue (voiceovers) for the images
  • enable you to work out the music that will “go with” the images and enhance the feel/emotion you are looking for.

Your drawings must have meaning and portray feelings/emotions.
A good storyboard will allow you to plan out the impact you intend to make on your audience.

Consider:
  1. How long an image stays on the screen (2-3 seconds is often considered optimum)
  2. With Vine videos you only have 6 seconds - use it wisely.
  3. Every time you tap the screen, you record. This way you can do stop action animation!
Consider visual clues:
  • Low angle (viewer may get a sense of danger, threat, up against authority)
  • Or High angle (viewer may get a sense of being in charge of being above &separate from the action)
  • Close-up (can show feelings/emotions and the view identifies with the item in the close-up. It also means they don’t directly know what is happening around the item in the close up
  • or Wide angle (long shot) Often used to show action, to put a character/item in a landscape/place
  • Lighting and shadows – use to create emotion and feelings in the audience

How to Embed Vines

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Book Trailer Rubric (I'm gonna tweak this a bit)

Book Trailers - Assessment Rubric


CATEGORY
High Performance (10)
At or Above Average (7)
At or below Average (4)
Low performance (1)
Presentation
(Persuasion)
The trailer flows very smoothly and captivates the attention of the audience. It compels the viewer to read the book.
The trailer flows smoothly and holds the attention of the audience. The viewer is left interested in the book.
The trailer flows reasonably but there are some transitions that need improvement in order for the viewer to be persuaded to read the book.
The scenes from the trailer are choppy and the transitions seem abrupt. The viewer may be left confused and not inclined to read the book
Content
(Storyline or plot)
Key scenes or themes from the book have been creatively presented. These make the content of the book clear to the viewer
There is one key scene or theme from the book represented in the trailer. This makes the viewer generally aware of the content of the book.
An attempt has been made to depict some aspect of the book, however from the content of the book has not been made clear to the viewer.
There is no scene in the trailer that suggests that the student has read the book. The viewer also has no idea of what the book is about.
Images
Images create a distinct atmosphere or tone that matches the different parts of the story.
The images create an atmosphere or tone that match some parts of the story
An attempt was made to use images that create an atmosphere or tone but it needed more work. The choice of images is logical.
Little or no attempt has been taken to use images to create an appropriate atmosphere or tone.
Voice
(Soundtrack)
The voice track is clean and fully understandable. The pace fits the storyline. The viewer is always engaged.
The voice track is occasionally too fast/slow for the storyline. The pacing is relatively engaging for the viewer.
Tries to use pacing and rhythm but it is often noticeable that it does not fit the storyline. The viewer is not engaged consistently.
No attempt to match the pace f the storytelling to the storyline. The viewer was not engaged.
Audio
(Soundtrack)
The music stirs an emotional response that matches the storyline.
The music stirs and emotional response that somewhat matches the storyline.
The music is adequate and does not distract but not much was added to the story either.
The music is distracting, inappropriate or was not used.
Reflection
(Awareness of Audience)
Strong awareness of the audience in the design. Can clearly explain why they chose the vocabulary, audio, and graphics to fit the target audience.
An awareness of the audience in the design. Can explain why they chose the vocabulary, audio, and graphics to fit the target audience.
Some awareness of audience in the design. Some difficulty in explaining the choice of vocabulary, audio, and graphics for the target audience.
Limited awareness of the needs and interests of the target audience.
Presentation
(Interest level)
A very exciting presentation. It grabbed the attention of the viewer with suspense, humour or intrigue from the beginning.
A good presentation that used suspense, humour or intrigue well and caught the attention of the viewer from the beginning.
A passable presentation. Some suspense, humour or intrigue but no real “hook” present at the start.
Flat presentation. Little or no suspense, humour or intrigue to capture the attention of the viewer.
Presentation
(Duration/length)
The presentation was the right length to keep/get the viewer involved.
The presentation was the right length to keep/get the viewer involved.
The length of the presentation was too long/short to keep/get attention of the viewer
The length of the presentation was too long/short to keep/get attention of the viewer.

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