Produce a book trailer that features a book from the 2020 CBCA Notables list or an Australian title on the 2020 NSW Premiers Reading Challenge List.
When producing your book trailer remember that a book trailer is like a movie trailer, but for a book. You want to show others why they should read this book.
Book Trailer Length: Maximum of 1 minute.
Filmed in Landscape mode (not portrait mode)
File size must not exceed 200 MB
Please read the terms and conditions carefully
Trailers can be submitted until August 16, 2020
Online exhibition commence on September 1, 2020
Winner in each category will be announced and the Book Trailer shown at our 2020 Kids Book of the Year event on October 16, 2020
A Kids' Choice Award in each category will be announced and the Book Trailer shown at our 2020 Kids Book of the Year event on October 16, 2020
Exhibition and selection
A curated selection of Book Trailers will be exhibited here.
The Shortlist will be judged by authors Tristan Bancks, Nathan Luff and Deb Abela.
HAVE YOUR SAY: There will be an opportunity for you to vote in the Kids' Choice Award
Complete the online form and make sure you read and understand the terms and conditions. Ensure a parent or guardian has given permission to enter and appear in the trailer.
TIPS TO HELP YOU CREATE A BOOK TRAILER
Depending on your ideas, there are many different of ways to make a book trailer. Lots of free or inexpensive resources are available to help you create a great trailer.
Before you spring into action make sure you take a look at the amazing trailers and expert advice from our Collide judges: Tristan Bancks, Nathan Luff and Deborah Abela.
First you will need to create a storyboard to plan out your sequences of images, photos, video clips, music, text, titles and credits. Download the storyboard template here.
Your next step is to collect or create all your project assets (pictures, videos, music etc) and save them in folders ready to create your book trailer. There are websites that have free sounds and images for you to use. For example search Freesound for sound effects to add to your trailer. Or try Pexels for free video clips and pictures. Search around and you will find plenty more available.
Make sure you acknowledge your sources in your credits and always seek permission if you’re not sure that it’s free to use.
How you create your trailer will depend on what technology you have available.
Here are some video-making and editing resources to get you started. Many have templates and detailed instructions that will make it easy to get your creative style just right.
Mac computers, iPads & iPhones come pre-loaded with iMovie software. If you are using an Apple device see the basics of how to put together a book trailer using iMovie at Create a Trailer Project. Create an original soundtrack & add sound effects using Apple’s Garageband.
If you are using Android, you could try Viva Video or Video Show.
If you’re a Windows (PC) user, you can download Photo Story or Movie Maker from Microsoft. Here is a Youtube instructional on How to Use Windows 10 FREE Video Editor
Hitfilm Express is a great free video editor, as its high-energy style appeals to budding filmmakers who want to put a special touch on a project. Download it here.
VideoPad is good video editing software for beginners on PC /Mac. See it here.
Animotica - Video Editor & Movie Maker is an easy to use Video Editor, Movie Maker and Slideshow Video Maker for Windows 10. The application is free but has some restrictions on the video content and presentation.
Animoto is a video creation app you can use for free (trial period) The Lite version of Animoto enables you to create 30-second animated trailers. See How to Make a Book Trailer in Minutes
Powtoon is a basic animation tool that is free and easy to use. See Powtoon: Make Your Own Animation
If you have PowerPoint (PC) or Keynote (Apple) you can add soundtracks, slide animations and slide transitions to presentations, and then export to video.
You can also create your book trailer using Canva and then finish it off in iMovie. Here’s how.
If you’re using a video template be sure to customise it so that it isn’t obvious that you’ve used one. Insert your own music and experiment with different fonts and special effects to capture the attention of your viewer. Tease your audience and remember not to give away the ending.
Most of all HAVE FUN. We can’t wait to see your fantastic book trailer!