This question gets asked a lot. The answer: of course you can. The question then becomes, "Will you?" It's easy to plan your own legacy video, but then become overwhelmed and never actually get the project off the ground. Additionally, if you want a finished product with a high production value, the investment in pro-grade equipment is many times more than the cost of hiring a professional, not to mention the knowledge and experience required to plan and execute the production.
Absolutely! We can provide a rough guideline of the questions beforehand, but the interview process is very fluid and answers given often trigger other questions, so it's impossible to know all the questions beforehand. During the initial consultation, we'll go over the topics to be discussed and we'll stay away from topics you don't want to talk about.
We always provide you with two DVD's, which are still the best choice for long-term archival storage. In addition, we can provide you with up to two "thumb drives" at no additional cost and we can also upload the final product to a file-sharing website.
When possible, we always try to conduct interviews in the person's home. It's where they feel most comfortable. We use small production crews (one or two people) and strive to put people at ease--and we almost always succeed! Our interview style is more akin to telling stories to your friend. If your loved one is truly terrified of being in front of the camera, we can tailor the project accordingly. One option is to show photos and home movies while they narrate. This can be discussed during the initial consultation.
The length of time to complete a legacy project depends on the complexity of the project. How many people are going to be interviewed? How much travel is involved? How many photos and home videos will be included? During the initial consultation, many of these questions will be answered and a realistic timeline will be developed. For most projects, it only takes a few months from beginning to end.
It's common to want to commemorate the life and legacy of someone who has already passed away. In fact, the passing of a loved one is often the impetus to create a legacy video. We can use photos, home movies, and interviews with friends and family to remember and preserve the stories and the legacy of a loved one who has already died.
The final cost depends on how much is involved. A Kitchen Keepsakes™ video starts at only $999. Our Basic Package starts at just $1599 and our Comprehensive Package starts at $2399. Very complex projects that involve a lot of travel and multiple interviews can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. During our initial consultation, we'll determine the scope of your project, discuss your budgetary guidelines, and give you the most accurate estimate.
Many projects involve loved ones who live out of town. During our initial consultation, these issues will be discussed and we can decide the best way to handle the travel. One popular solution is to schedule several interviews during a family reunion.
As "boring" or uneventful as you believe your life has been, we firmly believe that everyone has a story to tell and a legacy to pass on. We guarantee that your loved ones will love hearing your stories and your legacy video will likely be the best gift they ever get.
If you want to include photos, home movies, historical documents, or other items in your legacy video, you should go through your old photo albums, scrapbooks, shoe boxes, slide carousels, and old movies and pick what you want to include. If practical, it's often a good idea to invite family members over to help. You should also think about the stories you want to tell and take notes to remind you. During our initial consultation, we'll also discuss what topics you want to cover in your interview.
Of course! We can interview them separately, together, or both. These are the types of topics that will be discussed during the initial consultation.
The most important factor in obtaining a great interview is that the person being interviewed feels comfortable. For this reason, when at all possible, we prefer to interview people in their home. If they travel to be interviewed, then the home of a friend or a relative can substitute. We try to avoid hotel rooms, conference rooms, etc., because we have found we get a better interview at home. That said, we're very experienced in making people feel comfortable and getting them to open up, so we're also confident that we can obtain an outstanding interview no matter then location.
It depends on how long and comprehensive you want your final product to be. This will be decided during the initial consultation. If you want an hour-long finished product, you should expect two to three hours of interview. With setting up and tearing down the camera, lights, and sound equipment, you should plan on a good portion of the day to complete the on-site production. If there are multiple people to interview, the production could take two or more days. It really depends on the complexity of the project. Don't worry--we'll take a break whenever you need one!
For people who are adamant about not appearing on camera, we can tailor the project accordingly. We can have the person do a voiceover narration while photos, home movies, historical documents and more appear on the screen.