the “Picture” on
Picture Tells a Story...Don’t It?”
There’s a Rod Stewart song in my head as I write this page. “Every
picture tells a story, don’t it?” Rod
sings in his distinctive voice.
are so many stories that pictures tell. A video
biography can be one of the most treasured memories you own.
people have played around with video cameras, especially parents
when they have their first child or two.
Not everyone is skilled in putting together a professional piece that
chronicles your life. But life story videos are now in demand
and make great gifts.
am a fan of stories about people that you can see on the A&E
Channel or VH-1’s “Behind the Music”.
These documentaries allow us to peer into the lives of the famous...and
quality of these productions is apparent. You might think there is
no way you could have a video production of your family history or
personal biography that has the same quality.
you’d be wrong.
Just as there are many people anxious to write your biography or help
you do it yourself, there are a number of video biographers. These
professionals can put together a masterful collection of memories for
you to keep on video, or more commonly, DVD.
explosion of interest in tracing one's roots has
given rise to another phenomenon. Ordinary people —
boomers and their elder parents — are hiring filmmakers and
immortalize their histories on pricey videos and books that can look
for the History Channel or bookstore shelves." - from
an article in the Seattle Times
(see article here).
you are looking for is expertise, professionalism and quality.
should also be able to see some samples, to ask questions and have
a firm idea of cost.
has some suggestions.
life stories, connecting generations and preserving the legacies of
individuals, families, companies and organizations is the focus of Legacy Multimedia.
Stefani Twyford is an award-winning personal historian and combines
classic filmmaking techniques with the latest digital tools to craft
wonderful tapestries of images and sound. She has been providing her
outstanding video legacy service for several years. The company is
Houston, Texas, but they will travel to meet with clients. Find out
maybe you have a video camera and fancy yourself as doing the job.
Nothing wrong with that! My only caution is that if you want a really
nice professional job and don't have the time, expertise or equipment
then you should consider hiring a pro.
lots of people are doing their own home videos and with digital
software it is getting easier to do. BUT - it helps
to have some directions.
Family Legacy Video™.
Steve Pender is a pro who has been creating professional commercial
video projects for many years and has also become successful in the
family history arena. He's also created a very good website
that will tell you more
about creating a life story video.
you decide you want to do the video biography yourself make sure that
you prepare properly. You want to have the proper equipment, a script
to work from, someone to conduct the interview (you or a trusted friend
or professional), and an idea ahead of time of what you want to cover.
If, for example, you are going to video your grandfather be sure to
take the time to make him comfortable with the proceedings. Spend some
time talking about what you hope to accomplish with the interview. Obviously,
do this before the camera is rolling! It
is also highly recommended that you "storyboard". You can do this
before you record (as suggested above), or afterwards in the editing
A helpful training aid
for those interested in producing your own life
story videos is available from Dick Liersch and his My Living Legacy do-it-yourself CD-ROM. The extensive
information on this
CD-ROM includes what you need to know for creating a successful video
life story or video genealogy. His website, mylivinglegacy.net,
also has lots of helpful information.
you will find more suggestions. As always, feel free to contact me
and I’ll be happy to help any way I can.
out these providers of video biography services.
Family Legacy Video™
A great site full of tips and helpful products to produce your own
video biographies. Steve Pender has done commercial video work for many
years and also creates family legacy videos. Be sure to check out his
Stefani Twyford's video life story services include custom crafted and
high quality DVD's of individuals as well as corporate histories and
legacies. She is based in Houston, Texas.
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