Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare?
It would be helpful to spend some time reviewing your memories and making notes when a particular subject catches your interest. You can also begin looking through your photos and finding those that might help tell your story. I will provide you with a questionnaire as well that should help you sort through your life. However, if you wish to just respond to my questions spontaneously during the documenting of your story, that will be fine too.
What is the experience like?
The interview takes place in the comfort of your own home. We will find a comfortable spot with good lighting and just begin talking - me asking about your life and you responding, as we put all the parts together to create a meaningful whole . I will be using a two camera set up in order to give the finished video legacy a more dynamic quality. Very soon after we begin you will forget there is a camera or microphone being used as we will be immersed in your story.
How long does it take?
My experience is that we can accomplish the taping in a single session - or two if you should become tired and need to break it up. You should plan for about 2 hours of narration to tell your stories. The actual editing of the video or audio takes the most time in order to deliver a high quality, compelling product, that will be cherished for years to come.
What is the finished project?
When we are finished you will have a DVD, as well as a flash drive, of the video version of your Life Story. A Video Legacy can include up to 50 images from your photos, letters, and other memorabilia that add a dynamic quality to your narrative. For those who choose audio documentation, a CD will be your keepsake. You will receive three copies for your family of either the DVD Video or the Audio recording.