(Frequently Asked Questions)
My mother’s memory is fading. Will that be an issue?
It’s only natural for us to forget details from our youth 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 the neighborhood you grew up in”. 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.
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.
My grandson dabbles in video. Why should I use you?
While having a family member capture your stories is ideal, few have the equipment, skills and time needed to produce an heirloom quality Legacy Video. A good Legacy Video typically involves 50 to 100 hours of behind the scenes editing.
Do you use professional equipment?
Yes, I use professional video, audio and editing equipment.
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.
Do you do genealogy research?
No. My focus is on capturing the oral history of a family – memories in one’s own words. While ancestry.com is a great resource, a parent or grandparent’s memories can often be better!
Do you narrate the movie?
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 still flow smoothly. Removing my voice creates a more intimate viewing experience for the family.
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.
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.
How long have you been producing Legacy Videos?
To learn about capturing your stories, family history and memories for your children grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know, contact me.
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