One of my students recently wrote and self published a contemporary novel that he offers for sale on Amazon. Like most students, he is on a tight budget. So, when it came time to create an animated book trailer, he used the free web tool xtranormal Movie Maker. I won’t link to my student’s trailer in this blog post because it contains a few cuss words, but really, the movie is quite clever. The site allows the user to choose character avatars and settings. Then the user simply types in the dialogue, and the site converts the package into a movie the user can upload to YouTube. My student chose two characters from his book and created a movie from a piece of dialogue from the book.