1. Have you ever actually seen a Montageical montage?
We know that montages are often boring slideshows, which is why we think people have a tendency to want to keep them “short and sweet.” These people, however, have likely never seen a Montageical montage before. We strive to make a montage as unique as the guest of honor and as entertaining as possible to the viewer (including viewers who don’t happen to be a parent or grandparent of the montage’s subject). For example, our montages include themed segmenting, which we believe is a key component to the proper flow of a montage. By organizing the montage into themed segments and giving the viewer the key to understanding the organization (through clever title screens, graphics, and animations), the viewer does not feel set adrift in a morass of photos but instead understands that there is a method and a story underlying the montage. Likewise, we highly recommend including about five or so short video clips that are themselves entertaining and make sense within the context of the montage. Fun and variable transitions between photos (when not overused) can also help. And we have found that switching up the background music throughout the montage with different genres, tempos, etc., help hold the viewer’s attention. Finally, we make sure that the songs’ specific lyrics and the media go hand-in-hand to the extent possible, and so make sense and again alert the viewer that there is a well-organized “story” being told.
2. A Montageical montage is more than entertainment at a single special event; it is an amazing keepsake for the guest of honor and his/her family.
While a huge component of our mission is to make an entertaining video to be shown at a special event, that is not our only goal. We strive to make an entertaining video that will stand the test of time and be an encapsulated history to date of to the guest of honor. As such, the video will be viewed over time and, we hope, shown to the guest of honor’s future loved ones, and enjoyed and cherished by them as well. How does that impact the size of a montage? Well, when you think about it, how many photos can be shown of your guest of honor in 5-8 minutes or less? Does that abbreviated version of the montage do your guest of honor justice and preserve memories adequately for the future? If you haven’t made a habit of preserving your digital images or paper photos in albums, for example, this may be the only way you are holding onto them in a tangible and meaningful way. We believe you should make the most of this opportunity as you search through your photos and video footage.
3. Have you heard about our new “mini-tage”?
As they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” We realize there are times when a 9-12 minute montage just isn’t necessary or desirable and/or people might want to save some money by having a “short but sweet” montage. Enter the “mini-tage”! Our new mini-tage has some but not all of the bells and whistles of a Montageical montage, is limited to 120 photos, and video clips are an additional charge of $10 each with no more than 5 video clips in the final product. We are currently charging $250 for our 5-7 minute-long mini-tages, which is an amazing deal for what you are getting in return. If you would like to learn more about our mini-tages, please contact us directly at 301-928-3758 or at email@example.com.
4. Finally, a word of caution: Don’t go overboard the other direction either!
So, most of this blog post has been about (1) why we believe a montage should be at least 9 minutes and (2) providing an alternative solution if one must be shorter for whatever reason. We would be remiss, however, if we didn’t point out that a montage (even a Montageical montage!) can be too long. As we have already said, we believe the sweet spot for a montage is 9-12 minutes. Much beyond 12 minutes, and even an interesting and entertaining montage can start to drag. People are at a party for a few hours and have to eat and socialize, and also the montage stops all the other entertainment. This is why it is so important to think carefully and critically about the photos and video clips you intend to use in a montage. Do not beat a dead horse by over-including media with the same people repeatedly (except, of course, for the montage’s subject) and do not include an overabundance of photos or video in general. We believe that a great montage never needs to include more than 225 photos or 10 video clips unless there is a really good reason for doing so. (Not being able to narrow down or eliminate photos or clips is not a really good reason, by the way.) At Montageical, we charge extra if you give us more than 225 photos or 10 video clips (up to a total of $50 extra) in part because it is more work for us to handle all of that media even if it isn’t all used in the final product. Another equally important reason for the extra charge, however, is to serve as encouragement for our clients to take that extra step of culling down their media so that the montage stays comfortably within that 9-12 minutes sweet spot.
In sum, it turns out that size DOES matter--at least when it comes to montages!
Have a Montageical day!