Your Story… the organized version of your memories… Matter
It’s the way you pass on your celebrations, your passions… what you’ve learned, to those that follow. The Greeks called it Kleos – the idea that those around you, as well as future generations, might understand your efforts on their behalf, your struggles, the obstacles and the successes that make your family truly unique. The story on the tip of your tongue right now will be lost forever in a generation or two. It happens to every family. Your story should be shared with those that follow.
Your Research Comes to Life For Others
You arrived here because you are interested in creating some sort of audiovisual presentation about your family, or translating the genealogical boxes and names in your family tree into one or more interesting stories. I think that genealogy is fascinating but I also know that many people fail to grasp the significance of the work. But what almost everyone in your family can grasp is a story based on the people you have spent all the research time to uncover!
Even if you are going to have a professional produce the story for you, the place to start is looking closely at your own family tree and looking for stories. We always suggest picking a short occurrence, maybe between two or more family members that you have some photographs that can be used to introduce the players. Of course, if you have a series of pictures that illustrate the story, so much the better. Write a narrative that has a beginning or set up, a middle, the thing that happened, and an ending, the result or pay off of the story.
Family Legacy Production Begins with You.
Every story is different but the production process is essentially the same. A family legacy production, a commissioned documentary or family story will generally take 6 to 12 months from start to completion. We meet with you and get familiar with your story. This provides an opportunity to see some of the available material and potentially some of the places where we will do photography. Based on your input, we define the scope of the work, from research to finished editing, item by item. This includes a timeline, completion schedule and budget for your family legacy production. We research, outline and conduct interviews with key figures. We write the script and integrate interviews with narrative. We also do any location work including archives, collections, maps and animation planning. We pull all the elements together with original music, name narrators, animation, and titles to create a finished production for you to approve.