Legacy Video Tips

Legacy Video Tips by Family Line Video in ChicagoA parent or grandparent’s memories are priceless windows into their life story and your family history. Recording them today will ensure your family will be able to enjoy them for generations to come.

If you decide to record your parent or grandparent on video, below are a few tips to keep in mind:

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  • Film in a room where you can block out natural light and use your own lighting. Clouds move, trees sway, the earth rotates…natural light changes. Often subtly. You may not notice shadows and color changes until you are deep in the editing process.
  • Be aware of what is behind your subject. You don’t want it to look like a plant growing out of their head or to see your own reflection in a mirror.


  • Give your subject time to answer your questions. If there is a long pause, they may simply be trying to remember or are thinking of how best to answer the question. Most times you will be rewarded for your patience.
  • For the best quality sound, use a Lavelier microphone. On camera mics or directional mics have a tendency to pick up sounds you may not notice, such as the HVAC or a neighbor’s lawn mower or barking dog.


  • Weave family photos and other memorabilia throughout the movie. They help to transport the audience back in time and bring experiences to life.
  • It’s common for people to go off topic when recounting stories. While your interview may last three hours, you may really have only 1-2 hours of solid content. Be sure to edit out footage that doesn’t fit or you may quickly lose your audience’s interest.

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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story and family history in a Video Memoir.

Legacy Video Tips by Family Line video ChicagoHere at Family Line Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful moving portrait capturing your loved one as they recount their life story and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.

Your stories are too important to leave to memory. Capture them today for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know.

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Family Line Video, LLC
Legacy Video Production

Susan Saunders
Video Biographer

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