What is a Video Biography?
~ Video Biography ~
An Autobiography on Video
A Video Biography, also known as a Personal Documentary or Video Memoir, focuses on the life story of an individual, covering their childhood up to the present day. Memories of people, places, and things are documented on video or film, often combining interviews with family photographs, documents, maps, and other memorabilia. The final product is preserved as a digital video document, or DVD.
A few years back, only professional movie studios, world renowned film makers, and documentarians like Ken Burns, could really do justice to any kind of video biography production. Not only was the production process far bigger in scope than what any one individual could undertake single-handedly, the subject matter had to have wide-spread public appeal. After all, who would be interested in going to a theater, or watching a television mini-series, about the history of a neighbor down the street?
Today, there is a new breed of Video Biography or Personal Documentary producer, one that specializes in working solely with individuals and families to capture and preserve their life stories – real stories of real people – for their children, grandchildren and beyond. It is a way to capture stories, family history and leave a legacy while giving a gift with totally unique appeal.
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- Nancy, now in her sixties, wanted to do something unique and meaningful for her mother who is extremely frail but still very clear in her thinking. Her idea was to capture her memories and life story in a documentary that could include stories her mother told her about her childhood nearly a century ago, and then carry the family story forward to the present time. She wanted to do this now, while there is still time for her mother to see her life story celebrated and how it will be preserved.
- Bill would like his children and grandchildren to know about the many life experiences that helped shape who he is and, ultimately, who the family is today. He also wanted to share memories of his parents and grandparents so others could know them as he had. His idea was to do it in a way could capture the imagination of even the youngest generation.
- Robert’s wife Ellie has Alzheimers. His memories remain vivid even as hers have disappeared. For his own sake, and also for the sake of their grown children and grandchildren, Robert wants a personal documentary, a video biography, that will tell the life story of the women he has loved for decades, in all her vitality and engagement with life.
There is no one right way to capture and preserve the experiences and events of a lifetime. That is the unique appeal of a Video Biography or Personal Documentary. But preserving your stories now is a gift that will be appreciated for generations to come.(View Samples)
To learn more about capturing your life story, family history and memories, or those of a Parent or Grandparent, in a Video Biography, take a look around my site or contact me directly.
Together, we can ensure your stories will be enjoyed for generations to come.
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