If you compare learning to make a book trailer to learning to ride your bike with no stabilisers, I’m at the stage of wobbling along, a parent (in my case, son 2) trotting beside me. For yards I can go it alone, then I lurch and need a steadying hand on the saddle.
The fun bit about making a trailer (we use MovieMaker) is trying out the special effects. Do we want the images to float in from the side, or fizzle in from the centre – or turn black and white and fade out? And the text – where should it go on each image? Which font? Size? Italics? Bold? And choosing the music is brilliant.
The un-fun bit is, you are dealing in microseconds, and my brain doesn’t stretch that far. I can never see if I have to increase or decrease to get the desired result, and Sod’s Law plays a big part here. That’s where son 2 comes in. Having said that, I’ve now learned how to incorporate the video sequences. When I know how to resize the images, I’ll be good to go myself.