Story telling is the best way to share your family history. What about your family history becoming a full-length documentary? It may start with photographs organized, restored and properly ordered to keep on display; films restored, reorganized and transferred for easy viewing onto CD, computer or digital frames. Those old mementos from a forgotten time can be brought out of the dark and imaginatively incorporated with your photographic storybooks or displayed in some other fashion.
Every family is different, of course, and each family has a unique and varied story to tell. Just because certain items do not seem to go together, does not mean that they shouldn’t. For example, a reinvented family history album can include both antique and new photographs of your present family. New insights can be made when viewing these pictures side by side. Who knew, for instance, that your daughter resembled great aunt Tessie to a tee? Or old film reels from the early part of the twentieth century can be incorporated into a present-day digital video of your family. Imagine the comparisons that can be made. What a rare and one-of-a-kind way to keep your family history on view for everyone!
Using Proven Story Telling Techniques to Capture Your Audience
Perhaps music was a part of your family’s history documentary. An entire video family biography or history can be designed in a personalized way to reflect who your ancestors really were: music, animation, unique titles, narration, new and old photographs, film, important papers can all be put together to create a specialized family biography. If you’ve ever viewed a biography on the cable channel, you’ll get the idea of what a family video biography can be like. Using proven story telling techniques to capture your audience. As the narrator speaks, the viewer is looking at old film footage, static photos of days long gone by, some present-day interviews, perhaps newspaper headlines or short articles are shown, and there is music weaving itself throughout the entire production. This is what your family history video can be like if it is professionally produced by our studios.
Creating a Documentary of People…
We use old fashion authentic story telling. While creating documentaries about people from all walks of life, Leonard Smith III has discovered that each family has a unique story to tell, many of which are quite emotionally touching. When performing a video interview with a member of your family, the family member will be in a comfortable and familiar setting where he or she can relax and tell his or her story with no nervousness about being in front of a camera. When all the elements are put together to form a touching film for the family to own, it can sometimes be so close to the heart, tears are often brought to the surface. These can be tears of joy at seeing loved ones tell their stories or upon viewing those on film who have gone to the other side. Either way, each family who has a video biography put together by Leonard is thrilled to have a piece of the past now with them.
The photographic storybooks, documentary biographies, family histories all have one thing in common: they weave together an entire kinship. Once weaved together, the end product is something that will give information, communicate memories of days gone by, and let your family put its own bookmark in the history book of life. This is the stuff that time has wrought and only by delving into the past can it once again come alive and hold hands with your entire family to view, to reminisce about and to learn from.