There is an art to making a good tribute video. The first step is to gather as much as possible about your subject. This includes, but, is not limited to; photos, video clips, voice recordings, and a few of their favorite songs. Perhaps new snapshots of people and things that were important to him or her would be nice if included. This is a video document for future generations and a reflection of a person’s life to be played at their funeral. It requires a tremendous amount of respect. The editor might take the approach of using music to a particular time period to display the photos elements of the video reflecting that time period. Our editors know you stay longer on a photo with more people in them than just one subject. Also, certain special photographs earn the right to a longer display and the editor may choose to move the camera around on the photo, ‘a la Burns’ History Channel documentary if different aspects of the photo can be illustrated from that. Also, it can be very moving to get a particular piece of footage to match the lyrics or instrumental mood from a particular song being used. The funeral video is also very helpful if surviving family members can say a few words about the deceased and do it on camera, where they can comfortably, as opposed to getting up in front of a congregation when their emotions could get in the way of a good presentation, and cause them more stress. A last word I’ll say about the funeral video presentation is it is a good idea to do at least some of it ahead of time, while the subject is still alive. It can be the difference between a average video and a great one when one has more time to work on it. A week to work on it when you can- sure trumps the ‘we must have it in 48 hours’ variety.