“When my father passed away, I thought how nice it would be nice if I could hear his voice one last time. Then it dawned on me to capture my mother while I still could and created a movie of her so that my daughter, her Granddaughter, will see her life as she describes it herself – something I will never have from my grandparents.”
“I wanted it done professionally so it would be right. What Peter created for me is priceless. The first time my brother and I sat down and watched it we cried. We learned so many things about my mom that we never knew – her innermost feelings – things that happened throughout her life that we never thought to ask because it just never came up in conversation. Peter created a masterpiece for us, for my daughter to remember her grandmother, and for me to be able to hear her voice and her feelings from her heart. His work far exceeded our expectations. The quality is world class and something that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.”
Easy, Comfortable and Thorough – Biographies and DocuMemories
Your life story movie is realized via the expert weaving of cinematic elements. By mixing your professionally captured stories with your family imagery and appropriate musical touches, your story and photos are brought to life in stunning clarity and depth, setting the mood for each chapter in your story.
Peter begins by copying photos provided by you and your family for use in the documentary to give him a feel for your history, family, friends and interests (or that of your loved one in the case of a DocuMemory). He will then set up a time to conduct a recording session with you at your home or wherever you’re most comfortable. There’s no need to worry about whether you’ll remember everything, or even if you’ll be as eloquent as you’d like. Peter is skilled at making you feel at ease, and knows how to ask the right questions to elicit the information he needs to chronicle your story. His intricate proprietary topic list covers all stages of one’s life as he guides you through recalling the significant people, moments, values and achievements of your life. Just you, Peter and professional lighting, sound and a state of the art camera will set the stage.
The session will be held at a time and place most convenient for you. No other family members need be present, so you can focus honestly on the details of your life. Peter has a genuine interest in honoring your story, and you’ll find that going down “Memory Lane” with him is informal, refreshing and enlightening. He truly cares about recreating your history with dignity, and is completely non-judgmental, so you can speak with honesty and candor.
Every client has expressed a joyous, almost cathartic feeling of pride, fulfillment and release after the process. Some have even expressed a renewed sense of purpose and a “spring in their step”!
By capturing the subtle nuances of your expressions, voice and delivery, these documentaries create a narrative that is both impactful and emotional. Peter is professional and meticulous in creating your finished product, so you can be assured that no important detail will be excluded. Should it be necessary, he may rearrange the narrative to give it a more compelling and natural flow, and will remove any mistakes or parts you deem too personal or private. However, these are often the most precious and revealing moments of one’s personality! Your choice.
We caught our mother last week humming her wedding song from over 40 years ago. She was coming downstairs without using her cane.
She then made cookies from a recipe she claimed she forgot! What magic spell did you cast on her? Whatever you did it’s a miracle!
Completing Your Masterpiece
The editing process is where the magic happens. Peter weaves all the acquired elements into your own personal masterpiece. Once the narrative flow is established, Peter adds chapter titles, photographic bridges, stylized overlays and period music – even home movies or archival images and footage – all designed to enhance the flow and mood. Peter ensures that professionalism, quality, consistency and beauty are the hallmarks of every moment of your documentary.
Once your audience begins to watch your story, they will experience an emotional intimacy with you and the significant moments of your life they may never have experienced before. In the process, they will also be gifted with your wisdom, lessons learned, and a sense of their unique ancestry and heritage. With the immediacy of a movie, children and grandchildren will not only know you as you are now, but who you were throughout your life. They will be able to share your values, journeys and accomplishments with you – years before they might read any posthumous biography book about you.
This is our goal, because there can be no better family heirloom you can give to your family today than to share a sense of “roots” through an enduring family history, a preservation of the ways of the past, and a legacy of identity and leadership for succeeding generations.
Don’t delay! Contact TimeStories today.