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.

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

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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 shadows 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 subject 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 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 telling a story. 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.

Do you have a few Legacy Video tips of your own? Share it in the comment section below for others to see.

If recording your parent or grandparent’s life story is more work than you want to take on, let us do it for you!

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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story, family history and memories for your family to know.

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 FamilyLineVideo.com.

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