Congratulations to Amy Connolly, Connie McFarlane, Kirsty Craigie and Alex Burke of Kilsyth Academy, whose trailer for Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti, has been selected as the winner of the Great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013.
Judge, Anton Smith, from the Learning Centre is Bellshill, told us,
I enjoyed all of the trailers and the powerpoint presentation did encourage me to look up the book to find out more. I was looking for a trailer that had interpreted the themes of the book and was able to convey a sense of the story without giving too much away.
In his comments about the winner, Anton added,
The video looks like it has been filmed on an iPhone in portrait style. Normally filming in this mode is not what I would recommend but in this video, the orientatin of the camera is used for great dramatic and artistic effect. With effective use of music, slow motion, colour and shock each shot is framed to grab the viewer’s attention. This trailer made me want to know more about this book and its author.
Selection criteria for North Lanarkshire’s Catalyst Teenage Book Awards 2013:
- The book must have been published between 1st October 2012 – 30th September 2013
- It must be suitable for people between 14 – 16 (roughly S3-4), although other people can love it too.
- It can’t be a reprint or a sequel
- The author must live in Britain or Ireland
- It should be published as a paperback or e-book.
- Most importantly, it must be a fabulous, can’t-put-it-down, I-need-to-know-what-happens-next-or-I’ll-explode kind of book.
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The following videos have all been made by North Lanarkshire pupils as entries for the great Catalyst Book Trailer Competition 2013.
Working with Librarians and Teachers, pupils chose one of this year’s Catalyst longlist for their trailer using and developing new skills along the way, including learning about camera angles, storyboards, photography, various software packages, acting, plagiarism, copyright, and of course, teamwork and literacy skills.
The trailers should meet the criteria laid down by the competition rules, and are being judged this year by Anton Smith from the Learning Centre, Bellshill