What can you include in a tribute video?
There was a time when the only way a person got a video tribute was to win a Hollywood lifetime achievement award.
Now, with the democratizing effects of widely accessible video camera equipment, smart phones and inexpensive post production software, being honored with a video tribute is within range for all of the treasured people in our own lives who may be celebrating a retirement maybe, or a birthday or an anniversary.
So, you have something in mind. But what might you include?
The 9 Elements of the Modern Video Tribute
1. PHOTOGRAPHS: Photos are the mainstay of most video tributes, and they should be carefully scanned, cleaned up and captioned. But with the ideas coming below, you will not want to stop there!
2. NEW VIDEO: You will want to shoot video of as many friends and family as you can get hold of. Ask them to tell a laudatory or defining story about your subject (and avoid endless repetitions of well meaning but, let's face it, boring “congratulations”). Ideally, you will shoot the footage yourself, but no matter if you can't get around to everyone. Most people have a smart phone these days which takes pretty good video, or worst case you can record them through Skype. Go for humor.
3. OLD VIDEO: This is the hallmark of the Hollywood tribute and it should work for you too. Talk to family and friends and see what film they might have of your subject. Home movies have been around a lot longer than you think and beating the bushes could well turn up promising material.
4. AUDIO: There is always someone who, no matter how hard you try, you just can't get in front of a camera: a parent or an aunt or an uncle maybe – someone out of town. So you are going to have to use audio for your video tribute. We have recorded very good audio over the phone (through the computer). And, matching that in editing with images of the caller (best case, cheek by jowl in photographs with your honoree) is a great way to include them.
Things to include in your tribute video