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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  • 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 sure to close the curtains and use your own lighting.
  • Be sure cell phone and land-line phone ringers are turned off. Check if the lawn service is scheduled for that day. If so, ask to have it rescheduled or plan to wait until they have moved on.
  • 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 capture your own reflection in a mirror.


  • Ask your subject to pause before answering each question. This will prevent them from talking over you and provide a needed gap when editing later.
  • 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.


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

For a list of interview questions to ask, visit my post ‘Legacy Video Questions’.

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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 video ChicagoHere at Family Line Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that skillfully 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 years to come.

To learn more, visit us at FamilyLineVideo.com.

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