Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 8

What factors should you consider when choosing a legacy video production company? In the final installment of the 8-part “Talkin’ Legacy Videos” video series, Family Legacy Video’s Steve Pender suggests looking at four things:

  • Price
  • Product
  • Personality
  • Personal Testimonials
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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 7

    When it comes to Legacy Videos, you get what you pay for. In Part 7 of the “Talkin’ Legacy Videos” video series, Family Legacy Video’s Steve Pender details how the company’s devotion to quality factors into its current starting prices.

    Every legacy video Family Legacy Video® creates is a custom production. The company works at a very high level to ensure that storytellers look and sound their very best. This includes makeup and taking great care with lighting and shot composition. In short, we do it right!

    Family Legacy Video® never scrimps on an interview. What greatly impacts the final price is what’s done with that interview after it’s been shot. Simpler presentations mean less editing and a lower cost; highly-produced legacy videos require much more time and effort, resulting in a higher price tag.

    Family Legacy Video® offers three starting levels: Q&A, Premium, and Deluxe. You can select one of these levels “as is” or modify it to meet your wants and needs.

    Or, you can do something completely different!

    To chat about your project and receive a custom price quote, contact Family Legacy Video® today!

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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 6

    Family Legacy Video® specializes in on-location legacy video production. That means we come to you, wherever you are! In Part 6 of the “Talkin’ Legacy Videos” video series, Family Legacy Video’s Steve Pender describes what it takes to get our video crews from Point A to Point B.

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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 5

    What’s the process for creating your legacy video? In Part 5 of the “Talkin’ Legacy Video” video series, Family Legacy Video’s Steve Pender highlights the steps involved.

    Pre-production: Planning for your legacy video shoot.
    Production: Lights! Camera! Action!
    Post-production: Creatively combining all your material through editing to create your finished legacy video.

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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 4

    In Part 4 of the “Talkin’ Legacy Video” video series, Family Legacy Video’s Steve Pender describes some of the benefits legacy videos bring to storytellers and their families.

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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 3

    Why create a legacy video? The reasons can be many. Perhaps you’re a family elder and you want to pass along your life stories and values to your grandchildren. Maybe you’re an adult child of a parent or grandparent and you want them to pass along their stories to your children. If you’re business or family foundation is going through a generational transition, a legacy video is a perfect way to preserve, celebrate, and share your organization’s history and values. Whatever your reasons, Family Legacy Video® will work with you to craft a legacy video that fulfills your goals.

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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 2

    So, just what is a “Legacy Video?” In Part 2 of the “Talkin’ Legacy Videos” video series, Family Legacy Video® President Steve Pender answers that question.

    Think of a legacy video as a personal documentary. Family Legacy Video® uses all of the techniques found in big-budget documentaries. But instead of focusing on world events and famous leaders, a legacy video turns the spotlight on you and your family, your business, and/or foundation.

    Legacy videos can be as simple or as highly-produced as your budget, and your wants and needs, require.

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    Talkin’ Legacy Videos – Part 1

    Welcome to Part 1 of the “Talkin’ Legacy Videos” video series. In this first installment, Family Legacy Video President Steve Pender sets the stage by offering a thought experiment.

    Imagine your great-grandmother had a video camcorder back in 1924…

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    Posts to follow will cover these topics:

  • What is a legacy video?
  • Why create a legacy video?
  • Legacy Video Benefits
  • Legacy Video Process
  • Travel
  • Cost
  • Choosing a Legacy Video Production Company
  • Confessions of a Video Biographer Chapter 4: Romancing the Curve

    It seems like the learning curve never ends – it just changes shape. When I’m tackling something new and the curve is at its steepest, I feel like I’m trying to ski up a hill. After getting a little experience under my belt, the curve flattens and requires a little less effort on my part, kind of like skiing cross-country. Then, when I’ve really mastered something, I’m on the downhill slope, zipping along and enjoying the ride, keeping watch for the occasional mogul. Having booked my first commissioned video biography, I found myself staring up at an uphill slope, getting ready to climb once again.

    To be sure, the curve wasn’t as steep as it could have been. In 2003 I already had 24 years of experience as a writer, producer/director, and video editor. But could the skills I’d honed working on a wide variety of corporate, business, and not-for-profit video projects be brought successfully and profitably to bear on a personal history project? What would work and what wouldn’t? What price could I set that wouldn’t scare away Dick and Mary-Lou, my prospective clients, but that would be realistic, allowing me to produce a legacy video of value to my client while fairly compensating me for my time and expenses?

    It looked like I was going to find out.

    I opened up my production spreadsheet and spent some time estimating hours and expenses. I came up with what I thought was a fair budget. It was, perhaps, a little on the low side, but I was looking at this as a learning experience, as well an opportunity to create a template for future video biographies and to start building a portfolio. I figured I could adjust future budget estimates based on the experience I gleaned from this project. Luckily, Dick and Mary-Lou agreed to my price, and we were off and running.

    As far as process was concerned, I decided not to try and reinvent the wheel, but to follow the steps that served me well when I created videos for corporate clients. First order of business (after signing a contract, of course): the preinterview. I sat down with Mary-Lou and Dick at their home for a couple of conversations, during which I learned the stories they wanted to tell. I used my notes from these sessions to draft the questions I’d ask on-camera, and to give my new clients some guidance about the kinds of photos and other visuals they could provide that would help enhance their recollections. We then scheduled their video shoot and I booked my crew.

    Bright and early on a sunny September morning, I excitedly rang the bell at Dick and Mary-Lou’s ranch-style home in the Winterhaven section of Tucson. The door opened, and Dick ushered me and my cameraman inside. My first professional video biography interviews were about to begin. How did things go? I’ll tell you in another post.

    Oh, and by the way: What’s your story?

    Confessions of a Video Biographer Chapter 3: Closing the Circle

    Networking. It’s one of those things you need to do in order to promote your business. Especially if, like me, you’re a new kid in town. And so, thirty-second elevator speech memorized and pockets bulging with business cards, I made the rounds of practically every business networking group in the “Old Pueblo” (what the locals call Tucson), again, and again, and again. Now, a lot of other small business folks were doing the same thing. So it wasn’t long before I started seeing a goodly number of familiar faces at one mixer or another, and then developing, if not friendships, at least “acquaintanceships” with the people behind those faces.

    As luck would have it, in 2003 one of those business networking acquaintances invited me to a gathering at her home where she outlined an idea to form a group modeled around the concepts in a booked called, “The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth” by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen. In essence, the idea was for a small group of entrepreneurs to get together, form a company or companies, and then cooperate in doing whatever it took to make the businesses a success. I wasn’t exactly being deluged with work at the time, so I decided to hitch myself to this shiny new wagon.

    At our first official meeting, my five new partners and I decided to pursue two ideas. Idea one: A company producing reusable fabric gift bags. Idea two: A company offering a family history video-related product or service. I was the one who brought that idea to the table, of course. But seeing as I still wasn’t sure I’d be able to find clients willing to pay for “soup to nuts” video biography production, I hoped the group could help me brainstorm some other ideas. In the end, we thought it best to go the “do-it-yourself” route and produce a guide for customers who wanted to produce a family history video about their families, but didn’t have the video experience to do so. The idea was to create a guide on a CD-ROM, designed to play through a web browser. I wrote all the content, and another member of our group created the graphics and navigation. After seemingly endless hours of writing and programming and revising of the same, the “Family Legacy Video® Producer’s Guide” was almost ready for market.

    But before we could print and sell copies, we had to make sure the guide would work as advertised, and that its content was worthwhile. That meant finding some people outside of our small circle to test the CD. Luckily, I was able to recruit some volunteers from my Rotary club. One of those volunteers was a retired engineer in his early eighties. AFter spending some time reviewing the guide, he handed it back to me and offered a couple of helpful suggestions for changes. Then, he said, “My wife and would love to do a project like this. But there’s no way we can do it ourselves. Could we hire you to do it for us?”

    Needless to say, my answer was, “Yes!”

    So I’d come full circle, from wondering if folks would actually hire me to produce a legacy video for them, to instead creating a DIY product that became directly responsible for me being hired for my first job a professional video biographer. And so, while also launching an effort to sell the DIY guide, I started preproduction on my first commissioned video biography. More on that to come.

    Oh, and by the way: What’s your story?