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Did you know that Silver Frame Productions does Retirement Party slideshow videos? Do you know someone retiring, or are you planning a retirement party?

A recent client of mine recently said, "This was the perfect gift for someone who was retiring, who does not need any more clutter in his life, and hasn't taken the time to look at photos over the years. He was delighted with the video."

If you are helping to plan a retirement party, here are a few tips that may help. First things first - you'll want to collect photos that can be used in the slideshow. Consider asking the retiree's family, friends, past colleagues, and also check workplace files, frames and hard drives as possible sources. If the photos are not digital, they will need to be scanned at a good decent resolution (600 dpi or better). You can do this yourself, or have someone (like me!) do it for you for a small fee.

Don't forget to include other memorabilia if there is any - scanned items such as awards, achievements, cards, newspaper articles, company newsletter mentions, or magazine features can be included from over the years. Look for photos that include friendships, achievements, trips, special customers or projects, and fun times. Organize the items and photos in rough chronological order, although it doesn't have to be perfect.

Consider how you will be showing the video - if it will be at a retirement party or function, you may want to either play it on a TV screen, on a laptop, or on a projector/screen. Arrange for any necessary equipment well ahead of time! You may also want to consider having it loop during the evening, especially if you have a larger group of people or a longer video. (if it's longer than 5-10 minutes, you may have people restless in their seats!)

Be sure to test your equipment by playing the video the day before, or that day - on the equipment you will be using. Nothing worse than hitting 'play' in front of a rom of people, and having troubles such as no sound, no video, wrong format, etc.

Lastly... Most of the time, Retirement Slideshow Videos are surprises (and full of laughs and memories) - you will want to ensure that you have a copy to give to the person that is retiring. The DVD (or BluRay) will be a nice keepsake as they reflect on their career.

Silver Frame Productions designs many types of slideshow-style photo montage videos, set to music with tasteful effects, transitions and captions. They tell your story in a unique way, and are available on DVD, BluRay, and other formats and there are packages for every budget. If you'd like more information, please call (204) 648-4840 - I am available to work with clients across Canada and beyond! For samples of other videos I have done, please see www.silverframeproductions.caand https://vimeo.com/silverframeproductions/videos


Have you been to a wedding that featured a photo slideshow of the bride and groom?  Perhaps something with some cute baby photos, then the ‘growing up’ and ‘dating’ or 'engagement' photos?  I’ve designed many of these photo montage videos for clients getting married, and I wanted to share this short list if you are considering a slideshow for a wedding this year.

1. First and foremost – start well ahead of time! Nothing is more stressful than trying to pull something together in the last few weeks leading up to a wedding.  This is particularly true if you are the Maid of Honour, bride’s sister, or anyone else that will be involved in the big day. It’s the last thing you’ll want to be dealing with!
2. Arrange for, and test, all equipment ahead of time.  Imagine the big moment – you hit the “play” button on your slideshow, in a hall of 250 people – and NOTHNG happens.   Technical glitch.  With today’s projectors and laptops, very little can actually go wrong – but you’ll breathe easier if you set it up and test ahead of time.
3. Balance – try to choose roughly an even number of photos of the bride and groom (even though, yes, the day is all about the bride!)  Also, place the photos in chronological order, as much as possible.
4. Don’t be afraid to use humour, but keep it tasteful.  Don’t make Grandma Beatrice squirm in her chair because you show some tasteless photos of her granddaughter’s college days.
5. Dig out the old photo albums.  More recently, we use digital cameras (or cell phone cameras) for snapshots.  There are often forgotten photographic treasures in older photo albums… and unless the couple is very young, chances are that there will be some printed photos in albums or shoeboxes that you can have scanned.  Ask around – you may be surprised what friends, old roommates, teammates or relatives have for photos.
6. Try to use sharp, good photos.  Cell phone cameras have a place, and some take very good photos, but if the resolution is poor, or if they are blurry or out of focus – choose other pictures.
7. Keep it short.  The goal is to entertain guests with a trip down memory lane (or an introduction to the couple if they don’t know them well) – not to have them glancing at the clock wondering if you forgot about the promised dance music!  10 minutes is usually a nice length.
8. Consider having copies made for wedding party members, parents, or other family members that could not attend.  They will treasure the video for years to come.
9. If you are a bride reading this, PLEASE – pass the job on to someone else!  The last thing you will want to be doing is spending a week finalizing a slideshow when you’re rushing around arranging the last-minute details of your wedding.

If you are getting married this year, consider Silver Frame Productions for your wedding reception slideshow video. You’ll receive a professional-looking photo montage video that tells your story with creative and 3D effects, Ken Burns (panning & zoom) effect, and unique transitions/titles/captions. Forget powerpoint... this is completely different and will wow your guests. Packages for every budget… you gather the photos, and I take it from there with a few short questions.  No matter where you live, in Canada or beyond, I have several methods of sharing files.  Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get started.

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