You may have seen ‘Family History Videos’ mentioned in an article or overheard a friend talking about theirs – but what exactly are they and why would a family want one?
A Family History Video 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. Titles, chapters, music and more are often added throughout.
The finished video is a captivating and very personal ‘moving portrait’ that tells the story of an individual, couple or several family members in their own words.
Best of all, because it is in digital format, it appeals to the younger, more screen focused, generations of today. And, it can also be easily duplicated so every family member can have a copy of 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, due to 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 video producers offer a way for families to preserve their history in format that will captivate for generations.
What Do Family History Videos Include?
Family History Videos are 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 History Video offers such unique appeal.
Family History Videos are also known as Legacy Videos, Family Documentaries and Personal History Videos.
Capture your family stories, history and memories for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know.
Here at Family Line Video we produce Family history Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave filmed interviews together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful moving portrait capturing priceless stories and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
To learn more about capturing your stories in a Family History Video, visit FamilyLineVideo.com.
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