Have you ever wanted to know more about your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents? Wouldn’t it have been nice if they had shared their life story, family history and life lessons in a video memoir? What an heirloom that would be!
Just as you may wish you knew more about their lives, your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will one day likely wish they knew more about yours.
In the past, people recorded their stories in journals, scrapbooks and on audio tape. These days, though, the new favorite format is in a Video Memoir. Why? Because a Video Memoir is easy to do; you simply recount your memories while someone else does all the work. And, not surprisingly, a video memoir appeals to the younger, more screen focused, generations of today.
As a video memoir producer, below are a few tips I tell my clients before an interview.
Video Memoir Tips
- Keep it Personal
The most important way to keep your audience’s interest is through your stories. Be sure to make them about something they truly care about: you and your experiences. Keep it personal by sharing both your thoughts and feelings about the people and events that shaped who you are today.
- Clear and Accessible
A good memoir will bring stories and history to life in a clear and accessible way. It will also answer questions a viewer might ask if they could. Think about the questions you would ask your own grandparents and great-grandparents for ideas on what to include in your video.
- What to Share
Don’t be afraid to share stories of difficult or challenging times. Studies suggest that recounting stories of hardship is actually beneficial for children and grandchildren to hear. To learn more, visit my post: ‘Sharing your Story’.
- Make it Real on Multiple Levels
Today’s audience expects to be engaged on multiple levels. Bring your stories to life by adding photos or other memorabilia. Or transport your audience back to the night you first danced with your spouse by including music from the era.
However you choose to share your memories, your children, grandchildren and generations beyond will treasure a chance to know you and your life story.
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To learn more about capturing your life story, family history and life lessons for your family to know, visit FamilyTreeVideo.com.
A Video Memoir is a modern-day heirloom your family will cherish for generations to come.
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