This article is provided for those interested in a documentary style video. Your family or personal life video will become a treasure handed down from generation to generation. Creating a memorable and entertaining video requires skill, patience, and creativity. We will guide you through this process and make it fun and exciting! The procedure is outlined below.
The pre-interview is an opportunity to get to know each other, and is best if conducted in your home by owner Mitch Heider. This helps Mitch to consider some possible filming areas and observe some interests you may have. This can lead to ideas that will create a better final production!
Consider inviting a family member or friend. We want you to feel comfortable, and someone you know can provide a sense of security and a positive support system.
Mitch will ask some basic questions to better understand your background.
This is a time to explore some of your film and images, too, so we can better understand what is available to tell your story.
Mitch will also discuss clothing options for your interview. As a general rule of thumb, only solid colors should be worn – shirts, blouses, etc. Earth tone colors are your best choice, because white or black colors are not optimal for filming.
Lastly, we will arrange a time to film your interview! We will prepare our questions based on what was observed during our interview, and we’ll be ready for the big day!
Lights, Camera, Action!
Approximately 30 minutes is needed for set up on interview day. This includes creating a professional recording environment with lighting and microphones.
Next, we will begin recording the interview. Think of this as a conversation. This makes the process much more natural, and tends to create a better final production. We will have a conversation and let that conversation lead us wherever it wants to take us! Because of the pre-interview, we have some basic history we can rely on in getting to know you better through our “conversation.”
Our ultimate package includes what is known as b-roll footage. This can include footage of you enjoying an activity, time with friends, or whatever else we determine beneficial in telling your story.
The interview and b-roll footage will be used to create a story. We will brainstorm how to incorporate images, old videos, clippings, or whatever else helps to create the story. If time and budget allows, we may choose to schedule a second interview to expand on a story that can be further developed, or to schedule a filming of an activity you enjoy.
Your video will then be created, and we will meet to discuss it. Based on this meeting, the final video will be created after any agreed upon changes are made.
Your story is now complete! Your video files will be delivered to you and will be ready to share!