Welcome to the February issue!
Experience has taught me many ways to help folks tell their stories – and how to deal with challenges that arise from time to time. I tell you about one of those challenges in this month’s issue.
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Family Legacy Video® Producer’s e-Newsletter. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone toll-free (888.662.1294) with any questions or comments you have.
Cheers! – – Steve Pender
Helping storytellers who have trouble telling their stories.
Helping storytellers share their remembrances on video is always fun. As the interviewer, I act as a guide, and I prompt each storyteller for his/her memories in a very organized way. The usual challenges include making sure to get complete stories and sometimes needing to prompt a storyteller to add more details or to start the beginning of a tale in a way that makes it easy to edit in post. Sometimes, however, the challenges are more profound.
I recently worked with a storyteller who suffered from profound short-term memory issues. He was a delightful and friendly gentleman, who I’ll call Tom (not his real name). As his son-in-law told me, Tom was an avid reader who read, and forgot, the New York Times everyday. Tom did retain some memories of his childhood and career – but the memories were spotty and he tended to get caught in “story loops.” He’d start talking about one thing, and then always circle back to one particular time in his professional life. A challenge, yes, but not an insurmountable one.
To help flesh out the details that Tom was unable to provide, my team interviewed his daughter and son-in-law as well. They did a great job filling in gaps and setting up and finishing stories as needed. Edited together, the three family members presented a seamless and complete retrospective of Tom’s life – and watching the video, you’d never know Tom had memory issues.
This is just one technique that Family Legacy Video® can use to help challenged storytellers preserve, celebrate, and share their life stories. Everyone deserves the opportunity to pass along their experiences and values in legacy videos; more often than not, the Family Legacy Video® team can help address any communication issues in creative and effective ways.
– Steve Pender
Webinar recordings sales end on February 15.
Just a reminder that Family Legacy Video® is getting out of the webinar business, at least for the foreseeable future, on February 15, 2018. If you buy any of the recordings on or before that date, you’ll have until February 28 to download them.
Visit the Webinars page to learn more and to order in time to beat the deadline!
The Legacy Video Lounge Podcast returns!
Well, the podcast didn’t exactly go away, but Steve’s schedule has prevented him from producing new episodes in a while. In the latest installment, Steve tackles the subject of legacy video pricing, a subject he wrote about in the November e-Newsletter.