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Tribute: Daymon Doss

A little while back, we were asked by the Petaluma Community Foundation to produce a tribute video for Daymon Doss, the retiring Director of the Petaluma Health Care District. And while a tribute can range from a simple slide show to a full-scale pull-out-all-the-stops production, it’s very doable to take a simple, yet rich approach to telling a person’s story using interviews or voiceover in conjunction with photos and archival film footage. It’s all in knowing what questions to ask and how to follow interesting threads in someone’s life, and then putting our skills to work to condense everything down into an entertaining, compact story.

This is the tribute video we produced to honor Daymon. We hope you enjoy it.

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Sutter Santa Rosa 2016 Employee Service Awards Montage

One of the things video is so good at is paying honest tribute to the people who work with us and for us, and doing it in a way that touches the hearts of those who view it. Sutter Health is a quite a large organization, but one that really values its employees and staff, and we’ve been privileged to work with several hospitals within the Sutter system over the years to produce videos for their annual local Employee Service Awards gatherings.

For Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital’s Service Awards banquet honoring those with work anniversaries in 2016, we produced this tribute video using employee photos as well as images dating back to their hire years to help transport everyone back to when it began for each of this year’s honorees. We hope you enjoy it.

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2016 Small Business of the Year: The Mail Depot

The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Petaluma Argus-Courier newspaper team up once a year to celebrate the “Community Awards of Excellence”, which are presented to those people and organizations whose contributions make this community a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family. The awards are given out at a special celebration, and the Chamber of Commerce asked us to create four videos for select awardees, to be shown at the celebration.

The “Small Business of the Year” award is presented to a Petaluma business with fewer than 40 employees, operating for at least three years, and which is recognized as a leader in its industry and the community.

The 2016 Awardee for Small Business of the Year is the Mail Depot, a classy, quirky little place housed in a former bus depot.

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2016 Citizen of the Year: Jeff England

The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Petaluma Argus-Courier newspaper team up once a year to celebrate the “Community Awards of Excellence”, which are presented to those people and organizations whose contributions make this community a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family. The awards are given out at a special celebration, and the Chamber of Commerce asked us to create four videos for select awardees, to be shown at the celebration.

The “Citizen of the Year” award is presented to a Petaluma resident who has exemplified a model of civic responsibility through outstanding service and involvement in the community.

We are pleased to share Jeff England’s video here.

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2016 Large Business of the Year: Friedman’s Home Improvement

The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Petaluma Argus-Courier newspaper team up once a year to celebrate the “Community Awards of Excellence”, which are presented to those people and organizations whose contributions make this community a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family. The awards are given out at a special celebration, and the Chamber of Commerce asked us to create four videos for select awardees, to be shown at the celebration.

The “Large Business of the Year” award is presented to a Petaluma business with 40 or more employees, operating for at least three years, and which is recognized as a leader in its industry and the community.

The 2016 Awardee for Large Business of the Year is Friedman’s Home Improvement, a business we’ve personally been a fan of for many years. We are pleased to present their video here.

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2016 Special Inspiration Award: James Forni

The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce and the Petaluma Argus-Courier newspaper team up once a year to celebrate the “Community Awards of Excellence”, which are presented to those people and organizations whose contributions make this community a better place to live, to work, and to raise a family. The awards are given out at a special celebration, and the Chamber of Commerce asked us this year to create four videos for select awardees, to be shown at the celebration.

The “Special Inspiration” award is presented on an irregular basis, and is something that is presented only to those people whose life and presence in the community literally lifts the lives of everyone around them. 2015 saw the loss of James Forni to melanoma at the age of 35. James’ contribution to our community, first as an athlete and later as coach and instructor at Casa Grande High School, husband and father, is something that family, friends and students will carry with them the rest of their lives. We are honored to present his video here.

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Tips for Planning and Gathering Materials for a Tribute Video

Tribute videos benefit from a little bit of planning, which helps us to process things more quickly and provide you with an entertaining, satisfying video remembrance. Nothing here is complicated, and not everything may apply to your particular video. We are readily available to answer questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • When calculating run time for the tribute video, we generally allow 10 to 12 images per minute. In other words, for a three minute video, we will need approximately 30 to 36 images. Generally speaking, more is better.1-Tribute13
  • Any type of printed image up to eight inch by 10 inch in size can be easily scanned by our high-speed equipment here and returned to the owner afterwards. Prints created by inkjet printers should be avoided, as when scanned they produce a noticeable moiré (swirl) pattern — if possible, it is much preferable to have the original image file that the print was made from.
  • Photos in digital form need to be at least 1000 pixels wide. anything smaller than this will show up as a very blocky image on screen. Note: when sending photos over the Internet via e-mail, be sure the e-mail program does not compress the image in order to make it fit into an e-mail (most e-mail programs will do this automatically without telling you.)
  • We can hand scan magazine and newspaper pages. Be aware that the body text from these is generally very hard to read on screen. Headlines and photographs generally show up fine, although newspaper photos can sometimes show moiré patterns.
  • Photos should be arranged in the order in which you would like them to appear. Important: be very careful not to write directly on the back of any photos, as the writing can very easily imprint through the photo paper and be visible as raised lines on the front of the photograph. We recommend using sticky notes on the back of any photos that need annotations.
  • Digital photographs should have their files renamed so they will be listed in the proper order within the computer folder. It’s also generally a good idea to incorporate some sort of description as part of the name (this is not essential for our work, but is sometimes helpful.)
  • Suggestions for order of the photos: chronological order is the most popular way to organize photos, but we have also seen photos grouped by topic (“growing up”, “friends”, “school”, “taking care of business”.) If you would like us to put title pages in at various places within the video, write the title on a piece of paper and insert that into the stack of photos where you would like the title to appear.
  • Music: it’s helpful to us in selecting royalty-free music to know what genre and/or musical artists the honoree prefers. If you have specific types or themes that you would like used for specific segments, please let us know. There is a considerable amount of flexibility here. The only thing to be aware of it is cuts of music less than about 30 seconds are usually perceived as being too short – we recommend 60 seconds or more.
  • We normally deliver the finished product as a high definition video file in electronic form (mp4), usually over the Internet. If the file is large, we can easily burn it onto a disk as a data file to be copied into a computer. If you would prefer to have it as a standard definition DVD for playing in a set top player, please let us know. Blu-ray DVD format is also optionally available.

Royalty free music from our library is available to add flair and a connecting thread running throughout these videos. We also highly recommend The Music Bed (www.themusicbed.com) as a source of contemporary vocal music that can be licensed for video at reasonable rates (starting at around $50 per cut, depending on where it will be used.) We do NOT recommend using copyrighted music without properly secured permission, due to legal issues.

As always, please contact us with any questions about getting everything in order for us to produce your Tribute Video.

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A Special Anniversary Video

Every life has a story, every life IS a story. One of the most satisfying things we do is to take a stack of old photographs and turn them into a story. The blending of images and music, when done properly, tells a story with a deep emotional connection to the audience.

The video we present here was created by Alan for his wife on the occasion of their 38th wedding anniversary. Enjoy!

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