How to write a script for your book trailer

Step 2: Write Your Script

Now based on your answers from the book trailer outline you made in step 1, write about ten to twelve lines. They don’t have to be complete sentences. A long sentence can be split up into two different lines. Here is an example of a book trailer script using the outline for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from step 1:

  1. There’s a magical world hidden within our own
  2. Where brooms really can make you fly
  3. And all your teachers are really witches and wizards!
  4. Harry Potter was supposed to be a part of that world…
  5. But he was orphaned as a baby
  6. And raised in the real world without magic by his cruel Aunt and Uncle
  7. On his eleventh birthday something quite unexpected happened.
  8. Now, Harry will discover the secrets of his past
  9. As he makes new friends in this strange and wonderful world.
  10. But not everything magic is good…
  11. As Harry unravels the mystery of the wizard who killed his parents, he finds himself in grave danger…

Let’s break down how I made the outline into the script:

The first three lines are answers about what the world is like. (The answer to question 1: What is the world like in the book?)

  • There’s a magical world hidden within our own
  • Where brooms really can make you fly
  • And all your teachers are really witches and wizards!

Then the next three lines are about who the main character is and the problem they are facing at the beginning of the story. (The answers to questions 2, 3, and 4. Who is the main character? Describe the main character as they are at the beginning of the book. What problem does she or he face?)

  • Harry Potter was supposed to be a part of that world…
  • But he was orphaned as a baby
  • And raised in the real world without magic by his cruel Aunt and Uncle

Line 7 introduces the catalyst for change. I don’t mention anything about Hagrid, but you can if you want to. (This is the answer to question 5 : What is the point or catalyst that sets the main character on their journey?)

  • On his eleventh birthday something quite unexpected happened.

Instead you could be more specific and say:

  • Until one day a mysterious person named Hagrid shows up with a birthday cake and an invitation to a magical school…

Line 8 and 9 talk about how the main character changes as a result of the catalyst: (The answer to question 6: How does the character change because of this event?)

  • Now, Harry will discover the secrets of his past
  • As he makes new friends in this strange and wonderful world.

Lines 10 and 11 hint at the villain and the bad thing that the villain did: (The answer to question 7: Is there a villain or antagonist? What did they do that effected the main character? )

  • But not everything magic is good.
  • As Harry unravels the mystery of the wizard who killed his parents, he finds himself in grave danger…

If Your Script Looks Different…

Your script might look different than this, and that’s ok! Maybe you only have one line about what the world is like and four lines about the main character. Maybe there are two or three major characters and you want to introduce them all. That’s great! Book trailers are a creative process!

Now that you have written your script, it’s time to storyboard your book trailer visuals!

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step 3: storyboard your book trailer

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