This post is a transcript of the YouTube video with the same title. See end of post for the video.
A Life Story video slide show is a touching way to honor a special person or celebrate an occasion. In this video I’ll share with you some things that I have learned about creating this kind of multimedia presentation that will help you to get started with a show of your own.
Begin by thinking of the life story that you want to tell as if it were divided into 2 – 4 chapters. In this demo, the first chapter is childhood, then married with children, then the grandparenting years. You could have other chapters that focus on other aspects of the person’s life such as special friends, hobbies, trips or career.
You’ll need about 30 – 40 scanned images or digital photos per chapter. In your finished show, each chapter will be about 3 – 5 minutes in length, depending upon how the photos are used.
Organize your photos chronologically as best you can to show the passage of time.
The music and the pace of your show, as well as the effects and transitions that you apply to your photos will all work together to convey the mood.
Change the music with a fade mid-chapter to indicate a change in era and change in the mood. In this demo, the music also pushes up the pace a little bit.
Begin each chapter with a simple title or a short personal message that provides a clue about the contents of the upcoming chapter.
Add captions to provide detail but be subtle. The captions should add to, not detract from the visual story in your video slide show. Make sure that you choose fonts and colors that allow the captions to be read easily.
Propel your story forward with music and effects that become more modern as the story progresses. As you increase the pace, be aware of your slide times. Your goal is to synchronize with the music and change photos at a speed that allows the audience to take in the image.
Photos of places help to establish the setting for the life story. When you can, use setting photos that also include people.
There are probably many special people that are a part of the life of the subject of your show but you might not be able to include everyone in your slide show. Concentrate on those that are closest to the subject. In this demo, the immediate family is the focus.
When you do include group shots, extend your slide time so that the audience can take in all of the people in the photo.
Have you felt a change in the mood as you have progressed through this video? Although all of the elements work together to deliver a heart touching show, it is the choice of music that is most responsible for eliciting emotion. In this demo, the energy builds so that here at the last chapter, it’s at its peak.
As you approach the end of your show, slow things back down and bring the story full circle with a summary slide. In this demo, the music selection that was used to start the show is used again and the summary slide has a personal message for the subject of the show.
These practical guidelines should help you get started your own Life Story video slide show project. Check the YouTube description for links to my blog and website for more advice and inspiration. I invite you to connect on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for watching.
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