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Own the Night - 2012 Summer at the Library for Teens

2012 Summer at the Library for Teens

2012 Read It! Film It! Screen It!

Book Trailer Competition

Read It! Film It! Screen It! is a collaboration between the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the Olympia Film Society (OFS). OFS’s What You Got? Festival is a celebration of music, art and film created entirely by those 21 and younger. Winning trailers will be shown on the big screen at OFS during the festival.

How the Book Trailer Competition Works

  • Make a video book trailer. Think movie trailer, but for a favorite book.
  • Anyone 21 or under living in the Timberland Regional Library Service Area can enter.
  • You can work in a group of up to four people or individually. Minimal help from adults is allowed.
  • Videos must be 3 minutes or shorter.
  • Submit through Vimeo (instructions follow).
  • No use of copyrighted material without permission (see Copyright Information below).
  • Each entry must submitted using the Book Trailer Entry Form.
  • We want you to be as true to the book as possible but keep in mind that these videos may be seen by viewers of all ages.
  • Upload your video to Vimeo and submit your entry form by the deadline – August 1st, 2012!
  • Remember that if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

How to Submit Using Vimeo

Step One: Create a Vimeo Account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Join Vimeo." A basic membership is free and will allow you to upload up to 500 MB a week.
  3. Fill out the form with all your info. If you're under 15, make sure your parents help you create your account.
  4. Vimeo will send you an em-mail with a link.
  5. Open the e-mail, click the link, and your account is created. In your account settings be sure that ANYONE can see your videos or we may not be able to find your entry.

Step Two: Upload Your Video:

  1. Your completed video file needs to be smaller than 500 MB.
  2. Log into your Vimeo account. Click "Upload a Video" on the Vimeo home page.
  3. Click "Choose a video to upload..." and find the video file on your computer.
  4. Click on the video filename and the video will upload. Be patient - after uploading it may take awhile before your video is available to view.

Step Three: Share Your Video:

  1. Once your video is uploaded, e-mail the link for your video to Be sure to put the URL for your video on your online entry form as well. We want to make sure we can find it.

Copyright Information

For this contest you must comply with copyright law for all images, music and video used in your book trailer. Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors or creators of "original works of authorship," including music, photographs, images, video, and other artistic and intellectual works.

If something is copyrighted:

  • You are not allowed to use it without permission from the creator. Unless you get direct written permission from the creator, you may not use it!
  • Because of this, you will either have to create your own images, music, and video, or find material that is copyright free or covered under a Creative Commons license.

Make sure you cite your sources according to the creator's wishes. This is required even if you use copyright-free music. Read on for some great resources for copyright-free music, images, and video.

Creative Commons

Creative commons is a non-profit organization from San Francisco whose goal is to create a network of creative works that people can expand upon and share legally.

When a work has a Creative Commons license, it usually means that it is free for you to use in your own work as long as you give the artist proper credit. Read the license to make sure that you are allowed to use it for free in your own work before you use it. To learn more about Creative Commons, go to this Wikipedia article: Creative Commons licenses.

Sources of Free Music

  • A resource for royalty-free music of all genres. Make sure you give credit at the end of your trailer.
  • Free music specifically created for use in films. Make sure you give proper credit at the end of your trailer.
  • A great website for open source music - each song is tagged with the Copyright Commons license it uses. Make sure you click on the license (found on the bottom right of the song's page) to make sure you're allowed to use it.

Sources of Free Images

  • The Flickr pool for images with a Creative Commons License. You probably want to use the images from the "Attribution License" pool, which means you can use the image as long as you give the artist credit.

How do you make your movie?

Where do you get a camera?

  • Borrow one from a friend or a relative.
  • Ask your teachers or school librarian if they have any video cameras you can borrow.
  • Use a phone with a built-in video camera.

How do you edit video?

  • Check if your school has computers with video editing software.
  • Use the video editing software that comes with your computer, like Windows Movie Maker or Apple iMovie.

Ideas and Inspiration

Here are some links to Book Trailers that have been entered in the past, as well as other book trailers from the Internet. Check them out for inspiration:

More About the What You Got? Festival

September 23-24, 2012

The Olympia Film Society presents

What You Got?

South Sound's 10th annual event for youth and by youth.
Music, movies and art made by folks 21 and younger will be screened at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.

What You Got? is now accepting:
MOVIES, BANDS, PERFORMERS AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS, COMIC BOOKS, ZINES, VIDEO GAMES and FLASH ANIMATION made and performed by folks 21 and younger from around the world. Find more information and submit applications at:


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