Book Trailers

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon:

Shots, Angles and Camera Movement

Lesson 1-Part 1

1. Watch the video to better understand shots, angles and camera movement.

Lesson 1-Part 2

Planning time

You will be required to create a video trailer for a book or a historical event in groups of 3-4.
In the case of a book, everyone in your group must have read the book.

You will have been put into groups of 4 for this project by your teacher. Each member of the group will be assigned a job for the production part of the project.
The positions available are: Director, Camera Operator, Actors or Actress 1, Actor or Actress 2.

Please click here to find out more about each job.

Please fill in this form with your group's information.

Look through the rubric. Make sure you understand what the expectations are.

Begin planning your video.
In each case you should discuss shots, angles and possible camera movement, footage, snapshots, narration and music.

Use the Storyboard
Record your ideas using the paper copies of the storyboard.

Here is an example of the blank storyboard you will be using.
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The storyboard is a very important tool to help you organize your ideas, and the more time you invest on it, the less time you will waste

when actually filming your video. It doesn't need to be pretty, it is meant to be used as a visual reference so everyone in your group knows what is going on, who is going on, and when they're going on.

Lesson 2


Continue working on your storyboard taking the following into account:

  • Digital Equipment: camera, mics, dollies, tripods, lighting...
  • Angles,shots, camera position and movement ideas
  • Footage: what might you video or take snapshots of? What might you be able to use as a background?
  • Music: What type of mood do you want to set, will that change? What types of music could we remix to achieve this?
  • Narration: Will the trailer include narration? If so at what points?
  • Text: Can you use text in a effective way in this trailer, if so how or at what points.
  • Location is very important to your video. If you need to film outside of the classroom please speak to me about it first.


HW: Begin collecting props. Will you need costumes or props?

Lessons 3

You will be collecting relevant shots,video footage for the project and saving it in student shared documents. Also search for background video or pictures to use with the green screen. In order to do this you must work in pairs with one pair searching for video clips and the other pair searching for images.

When searching, please use the Diigo pathfinder that we have prepared for you.

Lessons 4-5

At this point you should have all of your costumes and props at school.
During this lessons you will be filming the scenes for your project. You may sign out tripods, dollies, flip and regular digital cameras to do this.
Don't erase any of your takes, instead film at least 3 takes for each scene. You will then be able to choose the best ones for the video.

Again, location is very important. If you need to film outside of the building or want to use the green screen, please speak to your teacher about it first.

All video takes must be imported to the computer and stored in student shared docs before the end of this lesson. Plan accordingly and ensure that you have begun to import the video at least 10 minutes before the end of the lesson.

Lessons 6-8

During these lessons you will be working on splicing and editing in the content you have been collecting for your video.
You may need to convert some of your video. Here are two methods that we have used in the past.

Please follow the iMovie lesson for reminders of how to do this.

Lessons 9-11

Post Production

There will be changes in individual responsibilities when we reach this stage. The positions available will be:
Editors: The editors will import and manipulate all recorded video and pictures and arrange them in scenes within iMovie and Toki Line Test. They will need to work alongside the sound producers and assist each other.
Sound Mixers: The sound mixers work alongside the editors, looking up or recording appropriate audio and video within iMovie, Garageband or the Internet, so this can be combined with the editor’s output.

All production crews will edit their work in Standard Mode (aspect ratio 4:3) NOT widescreen.

During these lessons you will finish editing, score your video in GarageBand.
If you have forgotten how to do this please follow the tutorial.

Lesson 12

Screening the Videos

Let's Get Some Feedback!

We are going to watch each movie that has been uploaded so far and use the QR code to access a survey so you can cast your votes. Please only vote once.