Story Premium DVD
GIFT THAT LASTS GENERATIONS
Give a gift
to your family this holiday season that will be cherished for generations to
come... A professional video interview with an elder of your family. Perhaps
the most loving gift you could give to your family and future generations. We
have designed a package that includes the features that will insure your "Personal
History" is as special as you are. A
Legacy is about life, about the times we lived in, and the people and events
that helped shape us and each Life Story Premium is as individual as the subjects
lives we portray. A professionally produced DVD that documents favorite
stories, traditions, happiness, personality, loved ones, accomplishments, beliefs,
wisdom and advice. It will be a treasure that will be passed on to generation
after generation. Consider it "Regret Insurance" against loosing a
loved family elder without the sound of their voice or the stories they tell
recorded. DVD is the perfect media to insure future generations will enjoy it
as much as you will today. Of course the project can grow by adding other materials
and elements to be as special as your heart and mind can conceive.
of tasks and events to produce a Life Story Premium DVD
- We meet and I present samples of my work and answer any questions you might
have regarding the process
- I can supply you with
a gift certificate to present to your family elder as part of "selling"
the idea to them that they tell their "story".
- I supply materials to help organize
the topics and stories to be covered in the production.
- I meet with the subject(s)
and other family members involved. (I ask that you appoint one person to be
the point person when decisions or options need to be considered)
- Out of that meeting I will generate
a "scope of production". This will be an outline of the production
elements that will best fit the art of capturing the subjects true character,
ultimately, legacy. Once we learn what things have been the most important
and life defining to the subject we can visualize what scenes need to be shot
to include those things in their video portrait. It could be a shot of them
going into church and singing in the choir. It could be filming them weeding
their garden while discussing the weather or interacting with their grandchildren..
Sometimes the simple every day things they do help define who they are and
how they should be remembered.
- We assist in gathering,
organizing and reviewing all of the old photographs, film and video that exists
and help identify that which might be an asset to this production.
- At this point I develop
a "Contract To Produce" which outlines what we have together determined
should be included in the production and the projected cost. We both sign
this and the production phase then can begin.
- We will schedule the date and
time for first interview. On the day of the interview, consider bringing in
a professional makeup artist (I have a recommended one) to prepare the subject.
This will be viewed as unnecessary by most subjects but our experience is
that it makes them feel extra special and gives them added confidence to proceed
with what can be perceived as a daunting or overwhelming task for some. The
images of them this day will be how they are remembered for generations to
come. Shouldn't they look their very best? Also consider having flowers delivered
or bring them personally with a note that explains how much it means to you
that they are making the effort to do this.
- Interviews are rarely conducted
for more than 2 to 3 hours unless the subject has exceptional energy and mental
clarity. When subjects have a lot to say we break it up into 2 or three sessions,
what ever they are comfortable with. A family member can act as the interviewer
by asking questions and being the audience. I can fill that roll as needed.
- Once the interview and other
needed shooting is complete it goes to the edit process where I will put it
all together. Once I have a "Rough Cut" I will have you view it
for any comments or additions needed. Then I finish the edit and produce the
DVD. Each one is as individual as its subjects and I am always applying creative
ways to personalize each one.
If you have family elders
in other cities beyond driving distance, I can find a local videographer who
is a member of the Association of Personal Historians to do the interview and
send me the tapes and pictures per my specifications for proper lighting, camera
quality, and audio system design, usually for a reasonable additional cost.
Here is what family members wrote after having World Family on Video produce
a "Personal History DVD"
Thanks so much for the DVD you created showing your recent interview
with my dad and old movies and photos featuring dad and our family. After
the memorial service for my father, the whole family sat around watching
the DVD. We shared a lot of laughs, just as Dad would have wanted. It was
a perfect addition to our recollections of his wonderful life. Lin Lichtenberg.
For more information
on doing a Personal History see our Frequently Asked
Questions and for ideas on preparation for your project, see the Tips
We are members of the Association
of Personal Historians and as such are committed to advance the profession
of helping people preserve their life stories and memories.
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