The Moving Memories life story video memoir process is explained STEP BY STEP below.
Before we start
First of all, we have a brief chat to discuss your video options – use the link below to book your FREE call:
>> Book a pre-shoot phone call with Nicola
Step 1 – Select your life story video memoir package
Select your package
To have your story filmed and produced professionally, choose one of our life story video memoir packages.
We also offer a video coaching package, that puts YOU in the driving seat – helping you to create your family story videos with guided help from me along the way. Go to the Create your Own Family Video page for more information on this package.
We can also create a personalised package for you – just get in touch and let’s talk about your specific needs.
T’s & C’s
Once the story package is agreed, we’ll send you our Terms & Conditions document along with a deposit invoice (which is 50% of the total package cost). When the deposit has been paid, we then start working on your video.
Step 2 – Plan your life story video memoir
Now the fun part begins – we start planning your video, including where and when it is to be filmed. It can either be filmed face to face, or recorded online if you are not in my local area.
We’ll draw up a timeline of your life, and focus on events and times that hold special memories or that shaped you into the person you are today.
Choosing life story interview questions
We have around 30 life story interview questions to select from for your story or memoir. The number of questions we can include will depend on the package you choose. If helpful, we can work with a friend or family member to select the questions that would be best for you.
Old photos to be included?
We may ask you to sort and select any photos you want to include in your story. We will need scanned digital copies of these, and any video files from existing home videos you may wish to include. We will need the video files to be either MP4 or MOV format.
Step 3 – Film your life story video memoir
Your life story memoir video will be filmed in your home (either face to face or remotely), so you will feel comfortable and relaxed in your own environment. You will choose either a face to face or studio quality online recording depending on your location.
I’ll help you feel confident with the camera, and guide you where necessary to keep you on track. If filming face to face, I will have cameras, lights, and audio equipment – but it won’t be a full film crew so don’t worry about being overwhelmed with people.
If we are recording your interview remotely, using studio quality video recording software, we will guide you on the setup of your home space before starting the interview and run through some camera confidence tips.
It usually takes about half an hour for equipment to be set up and we may ask you to move a few things in the background if needed.
For my video coaching package, please go to the Create your Own Family Video page for more information on how this step works for this package.
Step 4 – Review & Approve your life story memoir video
We start the editing process after filming, and provide you with a first cut (this takes 3-4 weeks for fully edited life story memoirs).
After making any changes you’d like, I produce a final cut of your life story memoir. After you’ve approved the final video(s), I will invoice you for the balance due on the package (the remaining 50%).
Relax & share your life story!
Your life story video memoir is now complete!
You’ll get the video memoir as a downloadable file that you can easily share with friends and family anywhere in the world.
For some packages, we also load your video to your own password protected custom webpage on this website.
If you’d like the video copied to a USB stick, that’s also available.