PowerPoint Timeline Template using Filmstrip


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A PowerPoint timeline need not be boring. Follow our simple step by step instruction to create a cool Filmstrip timeline template in minutes.

Why create Filmstrip PowerPoint Timeline Template?

Most timelines in a business presentation are nothing more than a boring list of events presented as journal entry. The format doesn’t capture the imagination of the audience and the presentation is soon forgotten.

Usual PowerPoint Timeline Template

A useful alternative to boring bulleted list of events is presenting the timeline with relevant pictures.  Since photos convey a story better than words, the message gets retained by the audience longer.

Coming to presenting a story, why not use a filmstrip as a visual hook to hold the photos and story together? In this article, you’ll learn to create this base template:

 Filmstrip Timeline Template

An interesting filmstrip template in a step by step way:

1. Black rectangle with transparency

Using ‘Rectangle’ tool in auto shapes menu draw a rectangle and fill it with black color. Right click on the shape, go to Format shape. Increase the transparency level of the fill to 25%. This gives just the right color tone for a filmstrip:

Start Gray Background 2. Create the perforations

Using ‘Rounded rectangle’ tool in auto shapes menu, draw a small rounded rectangle, fill the shape with ‘White’ and remove the outline. Make copies of the shape and place them along the top and bottom edges of the rectangle.

Step 2 : Add Rounded RectangleSelect all the rounded rectangles in a line, Go to Arrange -> Align -> ‘Align top’ and ‘Distribute horizontally’. This will ensure that the perforations are spaced equally.

Step 3: Film Strip Timeline BaseOnce done, select all the rounded rectangles; go to ‘Shape effects’ -> Shadow-> Inner -> Inner Diagonal Top Right.

Shadow Menu in PowerPointThis inner shadow effect will make the filmstrip appear like it is lifted off the ground slightly:

After Shadow for Timeline 3. Adding embellishments:

You can add a few elements like a thick black horizontal line, small and thick vertical lines, and numbers (in ‘OCR A Std’ font) to make the film look more realistic:

Step 4: Timeline with Text 4. Add rounded rectangle frames

Add rounded rectangle shape in the middle of the strip and fill it with white, to complete the diagram:

Step 5: Final Filmstrip Timeline TemplateMake sure that you adjust the yellow handles of the shape to get just enough curvature in the corners.

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Variations of the filmstrip PowerPoint timeline template:

You can fill the rounded rectangle frames with photos of your choice and add ‘Reflection’ to the filmstrip to get the following diagram template:

Showcase Pictures in Timeline PowerPoint

Source: Picture Effects PowerPoint Graphics and Concepts CEO Pack 2

You can stick part of a picture on the first slide, rest in the next slide and use ‘Push left’ transition to give the illusion of a continuous film roll:

Push Left Transition Filmroll

You can add a 3D perspective to the diagram and make it look ‘classy’ like this:

Classy 3D PowerPoint Filmstrip Template

The variations you can create with the film template are limited only by your imagination.

Related: Creative PowerPoint Roadmap Tutorial diagrams here

More PowerPoint Timeline Templates for business presenters:

Creating good diagram templates takes a lot of time, creativity and PowerPoint expertise. Most business presenters may not have the time to create such high quality diagrams from the scratch.

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Photo Time Line from CEO Pack

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Filmstrip Timeline Template PowerPoint CEO Pack

Past Present Timeline Template from PowerPoint CEOs Pack

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