Welcome to Day 9 of the SECRETS OF MOON AT NINE BLOG TOUR, featuring Moon at Nine – a timely new YA novel from humanitarian and award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Each stop on the 2-week tour will feature revealing posts, a chance to win a copy of the novel, and a chance to enter the grand prize giveaway!
Secrets of a Book Trailer Designer
Erin Woods creates trailers for children’s and YA books at Pajama Press, including the trailer for Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis. Today she shares her top ten tips of the trade:
1. Say less. Think about all the things you need the trailer to communicate. Write them all out if it helps. Then say them using as few words as possible. And then say them in fewer.
2. Be clear. Pixelated images, complicated fonts, busy backgrounds with text on top… avoid all those.
3. Music will make or break you. Pick the right mood for the book. In the case of dramatic stories like Moon at Nine, I find the “Soundtrack” category on stock music sites is a lifesaver.
4. Do your homework. If the book is about a culture you are not intimately familiar with, run your music choices by someone who is to make sure the songs are in good taste.
5. Line it all up. Match your transitions to the ends of musical phrases. Match sound effects to the right images. Match crescendos to visually dramatic moments. Be fastidious about this—the viewer may not notice what’s wrong if something is off, but they’ll definitely feel the polish if everything is right.
6. Use endorsements—and make sure the viewer has time to read the whole thing before the screen changes.
7. Don’t stand still. Even if the screen is mainly text, give it some subtle motion. You can do this through animation, by panning slowly across an image, or simply by zooming your background in or out ever so slightly.
8. Use legal sources, and credit them. It can be tempting to take the easy way out on the Internet and grab whatever images, sounds, and other content you need from the first place you find them. That’s usually illegal. If you can’t pay for stock photography or music (though they’re often quite accessible), check out the Creative Commons to find content licensed by its creators to be free for personal or commercial use.
9. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Some very successful trailers are little more than a tastefully-made slideshow with music.
10. Keep it short. Nuff said.
***Enter below to win a copy of Moon at Nine!
***Stop by Bookish tomorrow for the last stop on the SECRETS OF MOON AT NINE BLOG TOUR and another chance to win!***
Secrets of Moon at Nine Blog Tour Schedule:
April 28th: Buried in Books
April 29th: Candace’s Book Blog
April 30th: VVB32Reads
May 1st: Read Now Sleep Later
May 2nd: LiveToRead
May 5th: Loving the Language of Literacy
May 6th: AmithaKnight.com
May 7th: From A to Z
May 8th: Manga Maniac Café
May 9th: Bookish
About Deborah Ellis:
Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of nearly thirty books for children and young people, most of which explore themes of social justice and courage. A peace activist, feminist, and humanitarian, Deborah has won many national and international awards for her books, including the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, the American Library Association’s Notable List and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. In 2010, she received the Ontario Library Association President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. Deborah lives in Ontario, Canada.
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GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
At each stop along the tour, readers will have a chance to enter the grand prize giveaway.
The Prize: One winner will receive (1) a set of 10 Deborah Ellis books, and (2) Pajama Press will make a $100 donation in their name to one of five charities: Canadian Women 4 Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF Canada, Street Kids International, Leprosy Mission – Canada, or IBBY – Children in Crisis Fund. (You can learn more about these charities at stop #2 on the tour.) The 10 books included in the prize pack are:
- Moon at Nine
- True Blue
- Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids
- No Safe Place
- My name is Parvana
- Lunch With Lenin and Other Short Stories
- A Company of Fools
- Our Stories Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS,
- Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children speak
- Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer (By Annaleise Carr with Deborah Ellis)
US/Canada only please. Enter using the rafflecopter below! Ends May 12th at 11:59 pm EST.a Rafflecopter giveaway