Frequently Asked Questions
What would I say?
Childhood memories, wisdom you'd like to share, memories of your time in the military, that hitchhiking adventure, are just a few suggestions
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My smartphone has a great camera. Why shouldn't I just use that?
Your phone probably has a good camera and it's great for capturing a few minutes of video, but your memories deserve better. I use a professional camera, studio quality lighting and a clip-on microphone. For good video you need good sound. The microphone in your camera won't cut it. I edit the 'footage,' then add titles and your photos. I deliver a DVD (or DVDs) to you in a custom printed box.
How much does it cost?
Most people pay $200.00. That includes me coming to your location, set up of my equipment, shooting about an hour of video, editing the video, burning to one DVD delivered to you in a custom printed box. Travel within 30 miles of Brainerd is included.
- Additional copies of the DVD are $10 each.
- Additional hours of production (shooting the video) are $50. There is no extra charge for editing.
- A 'shooting session' is a maximum of 3 hours. If you have more memories than can be shot in 3 hours ($300), another session will be scheduled @ $200 for the first hour and $50 per hour thereafter.
- Mileage is $.50 mi.
Where will we shoot the video?
Usually your home, but we can shoot at a different location if you'd like. Your church or the library are options. You make the arrangements and pay any rent or fees.
How long will it take?
It takes me some time to set up and take down my equipment and we shoot about an hour of video. 2 to 3 hours of 'location' time is realistic. It will take me a week or two to edit and produce your DVD.
Can I add my own photos?
What should I wear?
It's important you be comfortable. However, it's best not to wear a lot of white (a white dress shirt without a suite coat, for example) or clothes with a small, busy pattern. Makeup (or additional makeup) is not necessary.
Who owns the copyright?
It's your video. You can do with it whatever you want.
Can I write a script that I can read?
Yes, but please don't. Except as listed below, these stories should come from your heart. Everything you have to say is in you. However, you should make some notes to jog your memory and practicing is a very good idea. I will edit out any mistakes, fumbles words, coughs, ringing phones and such. You are sharing your memories, not words on paper.
What other kinds of videos can you do?
Other options include Funeral Statements, Ethical Wills, Legacy Letters, Legacy Statements, Living History, Life Letters, Heart Wills, Ending Notes, Love Wills, Testaments. Some people like to record a video of their religious or spiritual beliefs. Books, essays, children's and bedtime stories are other possibilities.
Can we have two people in the video?
Yes. I can shoot two people.
Do you do weddings?
I do not do weddings.