Welcome to the July issue!
You may not have liked homework in school, but when it comes to prepping the questions for your legacy video interview, a little homework is essential for success. I’ll touch on that subject this month, as well as give you a glimpse into Family Legacy Video’s most exotic shoot yet, on Oahu, Hawaii.
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
The preinterview: The key to a successful legacy video interview.
Organization and preparation are the keys to any successful video shoot, and legacy video interviews are no exception. This is especially true when planning the questions for your video biography session. After all, your life story is unique, and only a set of custom questions designed to elicit the details of your life will do. The key to crafting those questions is the preinterview.
Basically, a preinterview is a discussion we’ll have as we begin planning for your shoot. It takes the form of a casual conversation, or conversations, and can be conducted either face-to-face or over the phone. During the preinterview, I’ll learn just what you want to talk about, as well as the details of your stories. I’ll use that information to draft questions that relate specifically to you and your stories.
Doing my homework with a preinterview helps us to work efficiently once the cameras are recording. Not only will I know what to ask, but because I’ll already be aware of the details of your stories, I’ll be able to prompt you for more information if I catch you overlooking any important facts.
So, as you see, a little homework in the form of a preinterview can guarantee a smooth, successful and enjoyable interview – for all involved.
Creating a personal legacy in Hawaii.
Since 2003, Family Legacy Video’s crews have crisscrossed the continental U.S. But this past May, we left the mainland behind, heading across the Pacific for a shoot on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The shoot involved a day of scouting and picking up rental gear, one day for an interview and another for shooting footage of our storyteller and his wife at their favorite golf course and on the beach next to their home. On this Deluxe Legacy Video shoot, our four-person crew from Arizona was supplemented by a local make-up artist and a local sound technician.
Luckily, the sun gods were smiling and we had perfect weather when we needed it. And, of course, we built a little extra time for R&R into our schedule!