You may have seen the term ‘Family Documentary’ mentioned in an article or overheard it discussed in a conversation – but what exactly is a Family Documentary
and why are they becoming so popular?
A Family Documentary is a memoir on video that captures the experiences and history of an individual, couple or family for younger generations to know.
Stories are captured through filmed interviews and then edited together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The finished video is a beautiful Moving Portrait that presents the story of an individual, couple or family – in their own words.
Best of all, because a Family Documentary is in digital format, it can be easily duplicated so every family member can have a copy of the movie for their own.
From Public Space to Private Lives
A few years back only professional movie studios, world renowned film makers, and documentarians like Ken Burns, could do justice to any kind of documentary production. Not only was the cost and production process far bigger in scope than what any one person could undertake, but the subject matter had to have wide-spread public appeal. After all, who would be interested in going to a movie theater or watching a mini-series about the family down the street?
Today, however, with technological advances, there is a new breed of professional documentary producer. One that specializes in working solely with families to capture their stories – real stories of real people. These Family Documentary producers offer a way for families to preserve their history in format that will captivate for generations to come.
What Does a Family Documentary Include?
A Family Documentary is designed to a client’s needs and can be whatever a family wants it to be. Below are a few examples:
- Some families focus on bringing the family tree to life by capturing oral, written, and photographed family history as recalled by multiple family members.
- Others keep the focus closer to the present by capturing the life story of a parent or grandparent, from early childhood up to today.
- Still others choose to document a special family event or experience – such as summers spent on a grandparent’s farm – and begin a tradition that will inspire others to do the same.
There is no right way to preserve a family’s stories, history and memories. That is why a Family Documentary offers such unique appeal.
(Family Documentaries are also known as Legacy Videos, Family History Videos and Personal History Videos.)
To learn more about capturing your stories, history and memories for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
to know, visit us at FamilyLineVideo.com!
Family Line Video, LLC
Legacy Video Production