October 12, 2012 • 2:26 pm
The recent special exhibition entitled “When I’m Sixty Four” at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College in San Bernardino County, California gave a chance for local seniors to recount some of their life stories on video. And how astonishing those stories turned out to be!
Originally conceived as an oral history project involving Storycorps, life story video specialists Your Story Here LLC stepped in to video record twelve remarkable stories from locals 64 years and older… Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Biographies, Personal Documentaries, family legacy documentary, veterans video, video memoir
September 2, 2011 • 10:07 am
This month’s life story video is the story of a typical 1950s family.
The 1950s were a little different to the 2010s
These days, from the perspective of 2011 and the tail of a very difficult recession, the 1950s present as a kind of golden period for America. The economy was expanding, nearly everybody had a job, and new and better machines kept appearing to help with household chores.
And from this distance at any rate – the country seemed optimistic and unified behind a set of agreed goals that today just seem a million miles away.
Of course, it wasn’t all Coke and beach umbrellas. We had the Reds to worry about, potential nuclear Armageddon, and vast race and gender inequality.
The Earls were a classic 1950s family
The Earls were a classic 1950s family. New bikes for birthdays, peanut butter and jelly school lunches, buzz cuts for son Ben, and vacations at the beach. And much of this happy time was captured by Ben in Super 8 Kodachrome. Their whole story was recently told in their family history documentary (extract follows):
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Filed under: family history video, Personal Documentaries, Uncategorized, family history video, golf, personal documentary, WWII
February 26, 2011 • 3:31 pm
Lights, Camera, Personal Documentary!
What is a Personal Documentary?
Personal documentaries are life stories told on film or video. They typically present a life from beginning to end, and often cover ancestors as well as progeny. Personal documentaries combine interview footage with photographs, historical images, documents, music, archive footage, voice-over, objects and artifacts, captions and titles, personal or home movies, maps and animations, and other media as available. Normally, they are divided into chapters and most usually they are output, or delivered, to DVD.
There are 5 rules for the would-be DIY personal documentarian. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: Biographies, DIY Tips & Advice, Personal Documentaries, DIY, personal documentary