(Frequently Asked Questions)
My grandson dabbles in video. Why should I use you?
Having a family member capture your life story is ideal but few have the equipment, skills and time needed to produce an heirloom quality video memoir. A good video memoir or Legacy Video typically involves 50 plus hours of editing.
What questions do you ask?
While I have a list of over 100 questions, most are open ended so there are many follow-up questions based solely on a person’s response. I also encourage families to let me know if there are specific questions they would like asked, topics I should focus on or even areas I should avoid.
My mother’s memory is fading. Will that be an issue?
It’s only natural for us to forget details from our childhood but often, when the right questions are asked, memories resurface. For that reason many of my questions are open ended and designed to bring a person back to a specific time and place, i.e. “describe your neighborhood growing up”. While I may not necessarily be looking for a description of the neighborhood, the process of remembering often triggers memories from their childhood that may otherwise have been lost.
Do you do interviews over Zoom?
Yes, and over the last year that has been the format of choice. While the video quality may not be as good as an in-person interview with professional equipment, I am still able to make adjustments in post-production the improve the quality. Some families have even filmed the Zoom interview with their own cameras and then sent the file to be edited.
Can I be in the room when my father is interviewed?
Yes…though I generally recommend against it. I find people are more easily distracted and their stories more reserved when they know a family member is listening. Sometimes, a family member will sit in a room nearby where they can still hear the conversation but can’t be seen. Or they run errands and check in every so often if they feel the need. Most times, though, it’s just myself and the person being interviewed.
Do you do genealogy research?
No. My focus is on capturing the oral history – the memories of a person about their life story and family history. While ancestry.com is a great resource, a grandparent’s memories can be even better.
I see you list research in one of your packages. What type of research do you do?
I often do light research for images that will enhance a story, such as a photo of the house the person grew up in or of the school, church or temple they attended as a child.
Our family has a few ‘skeletons’ in the closet that we prefer remain there. How do you handle those if they come out in an interview?
Every family has a few skeletons and while some don’t mind them being part of family lore, others do. Once I start the editing process, you will be able to view the movie on a password protected webpage and provide feedback. I will simply edit out any information you would like to keep private.
Do you narrate the movie?
No. My goal is for the family to feel their loved one is speaking directly to them so I remove my voice entirely. Through a variety of editing techniques along with the addition of titles, photos and more, stories and timelines still flow smoothly. Removing my voice creates a more intimate viewing experience for the family.
What should I wear for my interview?
Something comfortable. I typically frame the film from the waist up so feel free to wear your craziest socks if you so desire.
My grandfather is in Iowa and you are in Chicago. Do you travel?
Yes, but travel expenses are additional.
Didn’t you used to be called Family Line Video?
Yes. Which do you prefer…Family Tree Video or Family Line Video?
How long have you been producing Legacy Videos?
To learn more about capturing a loved one’s life story or your family history for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know, contact me.
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