We come to you
It’s important you feel relaxed and comfortable as we film you talk about your life. So what better place for you to be than at home, sitting in your favourite chair.
We help you prepare
We make two visits. The first is an informal chat – you can ask questions about the filming, and together we’ll decide what stories and memories you’d like to include.
We’ll also give you a handy guide that will help you gather the facts and details that you’ll want to talk about.
These are useful prompts to get you thinking
- Make a timeline of your life, with key dates, people and places
- Jot down memories and feelings about family, friends, work, hobbies – we suggest keeping a notepad handy so you can write down your thoughts as they come to mind.
- Look through your photographs, cine film or videos. They’ll be a great help as you recollect the people, homes, places, pets and events that are all part of your unique life story. We’ll include a selection in your film and book.
We work at your pace
Our second visit is the filming day! We first set up our cameras, lights and sound equipment and then, when you’re sitting comfortably, we’ll begin.
At first it may seem a little daunting. But we find our life storytellers are soon talking with ease, and time passes quickly. We build in plenty of time for breaks, so you can rest, pause and gather your thoughts.
Before we finish we’ll make sure we scan existing photographs, and take any special shots of your mementos or parts of your home for inclusion in your book and film.
You get to see the film and book in advance
After the filming day, we spend the next four to six weeks editing the footage. We’ll research and source additional archive pictures and films to help tell your story. We also adapt the transcript of your words to create your life storybook text.
Once they are ready we’ll put the film on a password protected website, so you can watch it before we produce your final copy. And we send you a proof of the book for your approval.
What you get
Your About Me For You life story film on DVD or Blu-ray disc, presented in a custom-designed case – running time is around 90 minutes.
An accompanying hard-bound life storybook of around 48 pages, measuring 31cm by 31cm – roughly the same size as a vinyl album cover. It includes photos, a family tree and a beautiful glossy jacket created just for you.
You can order extra copies of your life story film or book at any time.