YouTube recommends everyone has a YouTube channel trailer to give viewers a taste of what can be found there. It’s taken me a while, but I finally got to it this weekend. Watch it and let me know what you think.
It’s not difficult to make a trailer using iMovie. The hardest thing is deciding what content to put into it. My channel is small with not too many videos so far, but it was still difficult for me to decide what to include and what to leave out. So many photos and film clips. In the end, I had to stop tinkering with it and just upload.
Storyboard your trailer
Starting with absolutely no idea what I was doing, I realised pretty quickly that I needed a plan. Storyboarding seemed like a good idea, after all, that’s what what film directors do to plot the shots they need to tell their story. But iMovie did all that for me – nice! Once I chose the template of the trailer I wanted, iMovie made the places for me to put close-ups, long-shots, landscapes and so on. I just had to decide what the story was that I wanted to tell in less than one minute. Picking some keywords and moods was the key thing. Since my YouTube channel is about … me, basically, and I don’t focus on one area to the exclusion of everything else, I had to find a way to put snippets of all the things I do into the trailer.
I managed to get in my husband, my three children and my dog. You’ll see my barbershop singing, a bit of travelling, food(!), books, but there are things you won’t see in there. You’ll just have to watch my channel to find out more about me. (Does that sound ever-so-slightly narcissistic?)
Where is my channel anyway?
If you want to take a look, visit KasSommers on YouTube where you’ll find my videos. Leave me a thumbs-up if you like them, or a thumbs-down if you don’t. There’s a card at the end that looks like this and you can click on the subscribe button so you’ll never miss another video.
Do you have a YouTube channel? Leave the link in the comments below. How long did it take you to make a trailer? Or are you still thinking about it?