Video Production Studio in Louisiana
LS3 Studios is an award-winning full-service video production studio in Louisiana. We provide services in personal histories, photography, storytelling, video editing, personal historian services and filmmaking. LS3 Studios bring the benefits of the internet and digital video technology to small businesses, individuals, schools, and not-for-profit institutions.
Leonard Smith III is a personal historian. Since 1975, he has been involved in every aspect of historical research from genealogy, photography, technology, storytelling, film-making, and music. Leonard's company, LS3 Studios, has produced award-winning documentaries. His most recent project, “A Place Called Desire” was a finalist for Best Documentary in the San Diego Black Film Festival. Winner of a prestigious Award of Recognition Impact DOCS Award. It also won a Silver Telly Award and a Gold Digital AVA Award. It was a Semifinalist in the Rootstech 1st Film Fest. Nominated for the 2020-2021 LEH Humanities Documentary Film of the Year. Official Selection for the New Orleans Film Festival, Winner of the Best Documentary and Winner of the Jury Audience Award in the Black Film Festival of New Orleans. Offical Selection for the San Francisco Black Film Festival. Artie Nominee 2020 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., New Orleans. It is the story of the community Leonard grew up in the 60s and 70s in New Orleans. He has a deep and abiding love to "educate, entertain, and inspire others to tell their story." [Read More...]
Good Storytelling Techniques
Good storytelling techniques is the key is the best way to share your family history. As the family historian maybe your vision of your family history is to create a documentary feature film? It may start with photographs organized, restored and ordered to keep on display; films restored, reorganized and transferred for easy viewing onto CD, computer or digital frames. We can bring those old mementos from a forgotten time out of the dark and incorporated with your photographic storybooks or displayed in some other fashion.
Every family has a compelling story in their tree but you just have to find it. 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. We can make new insights when viewing these pictures side by side. Who knew, for instance, that your daughter resembled great aunt Tessie to a tee? Or we can incorporate old film reels from the early part of the twentieth century 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. This can happen by telling stories about your family. [Read More...]
How to Create a Documentary
Learning how to create a documentary from your family history is exciting and very rewarding. You have spent hours and hours designing a perfect family tree. Your board has photographs and notes pinned on it. You have files and folders on your computer comprising every information you could find on your family. When you have worked so hard to gather even the nitty-gritty of your genealogy, why not take it a step ahead by making a documentary? An exciting documentary will notch the creativity of designing the family history to another level!
Many people just stop here with loads and loads of data about their family history. But the actual value of any research is evident when it is published. Yes, you can pass it on to everyone to read, but not all will spend the time to go through it. And since you have invested so much time and effort to reach up to this stage, present your work in a movie that every member of your family will enjoy.
In this article, we will tell you everything about making a documentary about your family history. This is a one-stop spot for your genealogy documentary questions. The definition of incorporating the research, preparation, selection of gears, data collection, interviewing, shooting, and many more points will be covered in this article.
The idea of spending a pleasant Sunday afternoon gathering your family to see an excellent documentary about your family history is a good one! It will be entertaining and informative for the younger generation in the family. Creating a documentary about your family history will be a jewel to be treasured.[Read More...]