Empty Book Trailer Assignment

Here are a few trailers made by teachers and students. Next to each one is the iMovie trailer template it uses.

Because trailers are so short, the information you convey has to be concise. iMovie’s templates do not leave much room for text. And, the more you write, the smaller the text becomes and harder it is to read.

iMovie provides an outline and storyboard for each template. They are useful and necessary to make your trailer. However, I have found they can be limiting. iMovie’s outlines have some suggested text and also show what kinds of shots to include (landscape, closeups, wide, action, etc). I find that those suggestions muddle my planning process. I don’t have to use their suggestions, yet when I see them, I’m tempted to follow their example, which stifles my own creativity.

To help plan trailers with more original text and shots, I’ve created a fillable PDF for each template. I’ve omitted iMovie’s example text and shot descriptions so that you don’t have any preconceived ideas of what to write or show in your own trailer.

Each PDF is fillable, so you can open in an app like Adobe Reader or Preview and easily add your own text. It’s up to you if you’d rather draw in the shots or simply type in what you plan for each shot. In classrooms, students will probably make trailers in pairs, so if each has an iPad or laptop, one student’s device could have the planning PDF and the other could use iMovie. Of course, you can always print the PDF before or after it is filled out.

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