I made this for Discovery Education and the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). The star is the DEN Gnome, a great guy who loves to travel around the country visiting schools and DEN members.
The entire trailer is just over a minute long, but it took a bit of time, approximately 20 minutes total, to get it together. Why so long, you wonder? The right wording for the right message. Capturing the video and selecting the clips were easy. Selecting the theme, piece of cake. Changing the credits, no problem. Creating the message....brain busting!
Even though iMovie has all of the placeholders you need to make a great trailer with your video, you still have to craft the wording to get the right message across.
Think about the work, the creativity, the thought processes that are involved in this while applying the iMovie Trailers to your next book project instead of the dreaded book report. I did, and here's what I found out.
After reading books of up to 350 pages, the students whom I gave this project to, a mixed grade class of 3-5 graders, produced trailers on each one. Their videos were great, their inclusion of each other as actors was superb, but their choice of wording was even better.
These students had to synthesize their books into what probably equates to no more than a really well written paragraph. Within this paragraph they had to provide enough details about the story to get the viewer interested in reading the book. If you think of the skills, decisions, and analyses that these kids used to get there, it's amazing. I think that I'd find it hard to get one of these together, yet these students have already embarked on their next trailer projects with the expectation of even greater results.
Thinking about challenging your students in a completely different way for their next read? Give iMovie Trailers a try!
You'll be glad you did!