Planning your life story

How to plan your life story video

If you have any questions about planning for your Life Story video, then check out the answers below.  Contact me me if you unsure about anything, or when you are ready to unleash your story.

how to plan your life story video
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What is your aim?  Do you want to pass on your story to future  generations?  Do you want to film your special family milestones?  Would you like to celebrate your achievements? Do you wish to pay tribute to your partner or someone special in your life? Or, are you keen to preserve your family history?  Life and Times Video cover all these options.  See Popular Packages and See My Work menus for samples.

Every video is individually priced to suit your needs.  Costs will vary based on the package you choose, the number of people interviewed, duration, travel and editing time.  So if you are interested, it is best that you call us directly to discuss your ideas and get a personalised quote. Often families will chip in as a shared gift to their parents, grandparents or other people special in their lives.

The videos are private – for you and your family. You have the final say on the content and decide who to share them with. Your privacy is our utmost concern. Any snippets used as samples of our work on our own website would require your permission in writing.  All original footage will be deleted within a month of product delivery, unless you have other projects and may wish to access this information.

If a participant is very shy, we are empathetic and sensitive.  There are many options to put everyone at ease. It does not matter if a person has never been on camera before.  We aim to make the process as easy as possible, so you feel comfortable and look and sound natural. We will ask guiding questions and take breaks, where necessary.   You wont get stuck on the topic, as no one knows the subject better than you.  After all, it is your story!

Life and Times is based in Perth and shooting can be arranged anywhere within the metropolitan area in a place where you are comfortable.  We are more than happy to travel further, but extra charges may apply.  Interstate travellers can be interviewed in Perth while on holidays, then we finish the video together online. Get in touch to discuss options.

Certainly. Dig out historical holiday photos or videos and we can weave these into the video.

Absolutely.  You can choose the music, or  you can leave it up to us.  There are no costs for the music on personal, private, family videos that are not shown publicly. If you intend to feature your video publicly for commercial purposes, we can select free music from licensed music libraries.  But if you select commercial pop music, this can be very expensive and clients would need to meet any costs.

Make up is not necessarily required.  We will give you advice on what to wear and the rest is up to you.

Life and Times videos are typically between 10 to 15 minutes in duration. Tribute videos are usually much less.  Others can be longer depending on the the number of participants interviewed, photos and footage provided by you.  It’s up to you.

We generally spend two hours planning your video, then one to two sessions shooting. This includes time for setting up, interviews and packing up.  This time may vary based on the package you select and the number of participants.   Usually, 2-3 weeks after filming, the editing process is complete. Keep in mind that the time leading up to Christmas can be busy for us.

Absolutely.  You get an opportunity to view the film and request any changes before the video is finalised.  If there is a shot you really don’t want, we can take it out or replace it if there is another shot already available.

The final video is recorded on a USB stick, which can be played on a variety of devices – your tv, phone, iPad, computer.  Your time capsule will be presented in a professionally packaged gift box to place it on your book shelf or in your household library.  This makes it easy to find and watch whenever you want. You will also get an online link to share the Legacy video with your family and friends.  DVDs or Videos are also an option.

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CIndy Siano Life and Times Video

Cindy Siano, Family Video Producer

Hello

I’m Cindy,  I produce professional family videos and I have heaps of experience from the tv and advertising industry.  I help people capture their family memories and stories on video to enjoy now and pass onto future generations.  Now I’m ready to tell your story.