August 1st, 2016
A video montage intertwines photos, video snippets, titles, graphics and music, making it the perfect time capsule for your Guest of Honor growing up. Whether it’s for a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, sweet 16, birthday or anniversary party, this video is guaranteed to generate an emotional response.
Here is a short video excerpt of a video montage for a young man’s Bar Mitzvah party, who wanted a family oriented slideshow intertwined with several video clips which included his love of sports. See for yourself how we bring your story alive through the use of photos, videos, music, transitions and 2D effects!
Is it worth the money?
Yes, it is worth it! Unlike, the decor, food and flowers…a video montage documenting your special loved one will be an everlasting memory. In addition to enjoying the video during your special event, you’ll also be able to show future generations this video on TVs, smart phones, and tablets forever!
How do I get started?
Creating a fascinating video might seem overwhelming and difficult at first. But with thoughtful preplanning and the use of our tips, you’ll be able to assemble a collection of the best photos, videos and music that will produce an exceptional keepsake to enjoy in the years to come.
Tips for creating a good montage:
1. Know your video length and budget
We find that for events, anything around 10 minutes with catchy media, music and graphics is a success. With that in mind, we offer sample packages which range in timing, based on popularity with clients. Of course, we offer videos that may be below or above these guidelines as well, depending on the scope of the project and the amount of media included! For pricing, and more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 photos (6-8 minute video)
- Up to 100 photos
- Up to 1 video clips
- Up to 4 songs
150 photos (8-10 minute video)
- Up to 150 photos
- Up to 2 video clips
- Up to 5 songs
200 photos (10-12 minute video)
- Up to 200 photos
- Up to 3 video clips
- Up to 6 songs
2. Create an outline
Bummed out about having this homework? No worries – we’ve got you covered! If you don’t have any ideas of creating an outline, we’ll do it for you. This is included in our consultation process at no extra charge!
Basically, your viewers are expecting to be told a story, through photos and video snippets, documenting an event or theme. We’ll work with you to decide what kind of montage you’d prefer. Whether you want a documentary based style video that echoes the warmth of your family, or a more humorous video with movie or TV snippets – we’ll make the process a breeze, exceeding your expectations!
As a generality, you can do a chronological order of things. Or you can also have sub themes such as baby birth, family, sports, vacations, etc.
In some of our montages, we’ve incorporated a little bit of both the chronological themes as well as sub themes. IE: a chronological grouping of a child and her dance recitals.
3. Photo Selection
After you’ve come up with an outline, you can start to choose your photos and videos. Remember, you want quality vs. quantity. No, you don’t have to have sparkling, perfect professional photos…but try to choose pictures that are not too pixelated, light, dark, blurry or low in quality and file size. With today’s 2D and 3D effects, we can make any photo look great (whether it’s horizontal or vertical). Also, don’t worry if your child is in a wide shot. We generally zoom in or out fast with those, so anything works….as long as the subject is in focus.
We take digital and hard copy paper photos, which can be scanned. Each photo is also looked at individually to crop, take out red eye, minor dust and scratches so your photo montage experience can be the best that it can be!
4. Add short video clips
Think about sprinkling in several 10-15 second video clips throughout the slideshow. This is a great way to break up the video montage and keep the audience’s interest. We accept a variety of video formats, including Hi-8, VHS, Mini-DV and digital clips.
5. Choose the music
Music is a very important part to the process, as it will create the mood that you desire for your audience. A great way to start off is to choose songs that have lyrics which compliment your story, and are meaningful to you and your family. You can have a mixture of sentimental songs (slower) with some more upbeat songs (faster and cheerful).
If you are stumped on music and can’t think of any songs, don’t worry – we have a ton of selections that you can choose from…ranging from warm-hearted and sentimental to upbeat and funny!
6. Test your equipment before showing
You find yourself at a family event and the equipment does not work. It is very embarrassing trying to get your prized DVD photo montage to play, all the while losing your viewer’s attention. Always test ALL the equipment prior to the big day if possible. Make sure the projector or television, DVD Player or Laptop, and sound equipment are working properly.
7. Enjoy the show!
Enjoy this video at your event, and enjoy the reactions that arise out of your guests. In addition to enjoying the video during your special event, you’ll also be able to show future generations this video on TVs, smart phones, and tablets forever!
June 20th, 2016
If you’re looking for a cloud based option to permanently archive AND share all your photos digitally, forever.com is a great choice. I personally use Forever.com for my own family, and have thoroughly researched this software. If you need help with organizing your photos and setting up an account, contact us for a photo organizing session and we can get you started!
Reasons We Love This Site:
1.) IT’S PERMANENT – Unlike other website like Google, Facebook, or Apple, its a Guaranteed Fund (similar to an endowment or insurance policy).
2.) SECURE & PRIVATE – You keep ownership of your content, which is triple backed up and encrypted
3.) PLAN FOR SUCCESSION & LEGACY – You have tools to hand down your account so it can be managed by your children and their children
4.) EASILY ACCESSIBLE & SHAREABLE – Share and access your entire library on your phone or the web
Watch this video to learn more!
November 30th, 2015
“A Minute of Video is worth 1.8 Million Words” – Dr. James McQuivey
Being in the video field and specializing in video montages, I’ve seen Dr. McQuivey’s quote all over the internet. Some people consider it misinformation and for some, it’s just a form of hyperbole. The fact of the matter is that a moving image is powerful. It has the ability to stir our emotions in ways we can’t control, particularly for our own private memories.
This was especially apparent to me, after recently watching a video montage I made of my son’s very first year growing up (5 years ago). After shedding some tears and reminiscing, I asked myself, how many words was this video worth to me?
I then admitted that, in actuality, THERE WERE NO WORDS, (not even 1.8 Million words), which would describe this video. My son’s exact smile, the sound of his baby giggle, and the way his curls bounced as he walked. Words to me, wouldn’t catch the full effect (see what I mean by watching the video below).
The art of consolidating your video clips and photographs
Truthfully, my son’s first year was a blur as I was dealing with the sleep deprivation many parents go through, along with balancing a family. Had I not made this video montage, my memories would have been lost and forgotten on an external drive in a drawer.
The problem with media in today’s society is that there is too much of it. Without consolidation and organization, photos and videos appear to be unwatched for years. Many people have no idea where their media is (stuck on Facebook, on a camera, in a folder on your desktop). Unfortunately, this is habit which causes those memories to be lost or deleted.
How can you preserve your media?
The trick is to develop a system and keep that system throughout the years. The hardest part is getting started. After recently getting certified as a professional photo/video organizer, I’ve worked with clients’ photo collections and have found that once everything is initially organized, it’s fairly easy to keep organized with the proper guidance.
We basically sum it up in 6 steps.
1.) Consolidate all photos and videos onto 1 Hub
2.) Create Core File/ Folder Structure
3.) Delete all Duplicates
4.) Name those files (year-month-event)
5.) Upload/ Share onto a cloud based photo site
6.) Create Photo Books and Video Montages!
For some tech-savvy people, you might be able to do all of the above steps on your own with a little, errr (A LOT) of time invested. However, for those families and individuals who are too busy to take care of their memories, I recommend contacting us for ways on how we can help you get yourself organized with our photo/video organization packages!
November 23rd, 2015
All of us have ancestral paper photos stashed somewhere, or know someone in our family who might have those photos. Although some of them may already be digitized, there is a good chance that they have faded and will need proper restoration. The special fact about restoring a family photograph, is that it can actually safeguard that personal legacy, and be passed on to younger loved ones who have questions about their history and ancestry.
Whether you put that photo in a photo book, a personalized frame or on the internet, it can make a priceless heirloom gift that will be cherished in the years to come. We recently had one happy client who had her family photograph back from the early 1900’s restored, and framed as a keepsake to view on her wall. What an incredible memory!
For questions on the process or pricing for restoring your photograph, click here.
August 9th, 2012
Are you looking for a site where you can share and archive your photos? With all the choices out there today, making a decision can be a little overwhelming. The key is finding a site that suits your photo sharing needs and sticking with it.
If you’re only looking to share your images with others online, you should go where your friends are, which often means social networking sites like Facebook. But if you want to archive your photos, make prints, or create photo crafts, you’ll need a different type of photo sharing site. There are a bunch of them out there, so check out our picks to find the one that delivers what you need.
November 17th, 2011
Storyteller is proud to announce the launch of its new updated website! With this new interface, we will share our expertise in video production and photo designing services…and also educate clients about what goes on behind the scenes. Enjoy!
Photo Restoration Services
Photos mean a lot to us, and that’s why we put them in a place where they can’t be easily damaged. But no matter how we keep our photos safe, the deterioration of something tangible is inevitable. And that is how Photo Restoration came upon. Photo restoration is performed by a skilled restorer or graphic artist. They can take those damaged and weather-worn photographs and restore them either close to, or exactly how they were when they were new; and can even improve the photographs.
Storyteller’s graphic artists restore the photos digitally, using tools such as scanners and computers with high-end photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop), along with high resolution monitors, and photo quality printers. The damaged photos are restored with a mouse or table pen, and then saved as electronic files that can be printed, emailed, or stored on removable media such as flash drives, discs, etc.
Recently, we restored a portrait photograph where part of the nose was missing. This was a particularly challenging project because it entailed careful reconstruction of the nose, using a combination of lines from the original picture and guesswork of the facial area. Overall, it was a success because the client was happy with the end result!