Legacy Video Tips

Legacy Video Tips by Family Line videoYour parents and grandparents’ memories are priceless windows into their life stories and your family history. Preserving them today will ensure future generations will have a chance to know their story.

One way to preserve you parent’s or grandparent’s memories is by capturing them in a Legacy Video.

Below re a few tips I’ve picked up over the years as a Legacy Video producer that might be helpful if you decide to make your own Legacy Video.

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  • Film in a room 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.
  • Have your parent or grandparent sit on a firm but comfortable chair or sofa. People tend to sink down over time if sitting on a cushy sofa or chair.
  • Be aware of what is behind your subject. You may not notice the plant sprouting from their head or yourself reflected in a mirror until they are in the middle of a story.


  • Give your parent or grandparent time to answer your question. If there is a long pause, they may simply be trying to remember or thinking of how best to answer the question.
  • Legacy Video Tips By Family lIne VideoBe sure to keep control of the interview or you may find one story taking 20 minutes and yourself running out of time.
  • For the best quality sound, use a lavelier microphone that can clip to a collar. On camera 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.


  • 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 hour of good content. Be sure to edit out footage that doesn’t fit or you may quickly lose your audience’s interest.
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  • It’s also common for people to circle back to stories previously told to provide important details or more information. Bring pieces of the same story together for a more cohesive memoir.
  • Weave in family photos and other memorabilia throughout the movie. They will transport your audience back in time while bringing your parents and grandparents stories to life.

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

Or let us capture your parent or grandparent’s life story in a Legacy Video 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!

Legacy Video Tips by Family line VideoHere 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, family history and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.

To learn more about capturing your parent or grandparent’s life story in a Legacy Video, visit us at FamilyLineVideo.com.

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