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Video Project – Book Trailer

Project Description

In this project students worked in small groups to create a book trailer with an original score. Students were instructed to create a trailer that would act as a brief video synopsis that was designed to entice viewers to see the read the book. The project necessitated students call upon their knowledge of shot compositions, storyboarding, editing, and collaboration in order to produce the final video.

What is a Book Trailer?

A book trailer is a commercial for a book. Book trailers follow the same concepts as a movie trailer. The purpose of a book trailer is to persuade people to read your book.

Project Requirements

The novel must be selected unanimously by the group with approval by Ms. G. The trailer must be between 2-5 minutes with a written script & a storyboard. Students must use at least 5 different shot compositions in their trailer.

Class Screening & Critique

Every project is coupled with a class screening of the work and a group critique. Each student will be asked to give feedback to their fellow videographers. They are expected to give at least two pieces of feedback, one warm and one cool.

Warm Feedback:
  • Provides specific feedback to the creator
  • NOT general statements of approval. Avoid statements such as: “I liked it.”, “This is good.”, “Great job!”, “Well done.”
  • Highlights and recognizes the strengths of the video (“names what is effective”).  “Your use of color  prompts a few questions in my mind. I’m already wondering what will come next.”  “The flow of your video makes sense to me.  I can see how one scene leads to another.”
Cool Feedback:
  • Wonderings, questions, and dilemmas viewers find in the content
  • NOT criticism.  Cool feedback poses ideas that prompt the presenter to think about the work from a different perspective.  “I” statements and the use of “might” rather than “should” promote an environment of respect and leave the creative control in the hands of the presenter.
Related Standards
  • ISTE: Creativity and Innovation
  • ISTE: Communication and Collaboration
  • ISTE: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, & Decision Making

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