Summer is over, back to school shopping has begun, and the Toronto International Film Festival is around the corner. Summer was wonderful and it blew past really fast. Over the last couple of months I had taken tons of photos and video of friends, family gatherings, and events I had attended. Every year I like to place all of this material into one segment so I can have a nice overview of the entire summer. Once of my favorite ways to accomplish this, is to create a montage. For those of you who don’t know what a montage is here is the definition.
“Montage is a technique in film editing in which a series of short shots are edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information. It is usually used to suggest the passage of time, rather than to create symbolic meaning.”
Creating Montages can be great deal of fun. I love to use them to show the passage of time. For example, parents often have a ton of footage fo their kids over the summer, and often have no idea what to do with it later. Creating a Montage is a great way to make a complete story that can be viewed by anyone or realting back to a later time. Personally, I enjoy placing my montages on my iPad , as it easily accessible for viewing.
Now there are no real hard rules when creating a monatge, but if you would liek to create one of your own. The best place to start is select some of your faviote music to accompany the montage. Once you have selected the music you can then time your shots accordingly to the pacing of the music. This makes montage more engaging for the audience.
A common mistake is to throw too many. Nobody really wants to see a 60min montage, you have to be selective on what you pic for your shots. Try to remember the overall theme you would like portray or even the key moments from the summer that were exceptionally memorable.
Here is a great hollywood example of a montage from Rocky 4
Once you have created the montage don’t forget to put it on a media that is highly accessible for everyone. Meaning don’t put it on an USB stick and leave it lying around. Place it on a media drive that you have connected to a television like an Apple TV, or on a mobile device like a iPad or an Ultrabook. This way everyone can enjoy without having to jump through several hoops. It should be as easy as pulling out an old photo album.
Now that you a some basic ideas on how to create a montage, try one out for yourself. Don’t be afraid to experiment as you may surprise yourself with what you can create.