Legacy Video Tips

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

As a Legacy Video producer, I’ve found there’s a lot to keep in mind when capturing a person’s story. Below are a few Legacy Video tips to consider if you decide to record your parent or grandparent sharing their stories and memories in a legacy Video.

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  • Film in a room without natural light or where curtains and shades can be closed. Clouds move, trees sway, the earth rotates…natural light changes. Often subtly. You may not notice shadow and color changes until you are deep in the editing process.
  • Be aware of what is behind your subject. You don’t want a plant to look like its sprouting from their head or to see yourself reflected in a mirror.


  • Give your parent or grandparent time to answer your question. 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, a neighbor’s lawn mower or a barking dog. A Laveler can be clipped to a collar so your parent or grandparent’s voice and words will be heard clearly.
  • Always keep control of the interview. Gently move things along or you may find your grandparent spending 20 minutes on one story and yourself running out of time.


  • It’s common for people to go off topic when telling a story. While your interview may last 2-3 hours, you may really only have 1-1.5 hours of good content. Be sure to edit out footage that doesn’t fit or you may quickly lose your audience’s interest.
  • It’s also common for people to circle back to stories previously told throughout the interview to provide important details or more information. Connect pieces of the same story for a more captivating and cohesive memoir.
  • Weave family photos and other memorabilia throughout the movie. They bring stories and history to life and help to transport the audience back in time.

For questions to ask your parents or grandparents to learn more about their life story and your family history, visit: ’25 Legacy Video Questions’.

Or let us capture your loved one’s story for you! (See below)

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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story for your family to know and celebrate!

Legacy Video Questions 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.

To learn more about giving the gift of a Legacy Video, visit us at FamilyLineVideo.com!

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