Video Production FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions)

My mother’s memory is fading. Will that be an issue?

Very few of us remember everything but often, when the right questions are asked, memories resurface. For that reason many of my questions are open ended and designed to Memory Loss by attempting 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.

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, skillset and time needed to produce an heirloom quality video memoir. Our video productions typically involve between 50 to 90 hours of editing.

What should I wear for my interview?

Something comfortable. Just avoid all white tops and ones with tiny patterns. I typically frame the film from the waist up so feel free to wear your craziest socks if you want.

Can I be in the room when my father is interviewed?

Yes…although I generally recommend against it because I find people are more easily distracted and their stories more reserved when they know a family member is listening. Sometimes, a family member sits 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.

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 the oral history – the memories of a person about their life story, parents, grandparents and, on occasion, great-grandparents. While ancestry.com is a great resource, a grandparents memories can be even better!

How long does a project take? It all depends on the complexity of the project. A fully edited Video Biography with 75 photos typically takes 4-8 weeks. A lightly edited Video Biography, 1-2 weeks, An Anniversary Video, 6-8 weeks. A Family History Video, depending on the number of people to be interviewed, closer to 6-10 weeks.

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 and personal viewing experience for the family.

Our family has a few ‘skeletons’ in the closet that we prefer to 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 online and provide feedback. I’ll simply edit out any information you would like to keep private.

My grandfather is in Iowa and you are in Colorado. Do you travel?

Yes.  Very lean travel costs are the responsibility of the purchaser.

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