THE STORIES TO KEEP PROCESS
Our producers are experts at shepherding you and your loved ones through the planning, filming and editing process. We work hard to make it a fun and rewarding team effort so you end up with the professionally produced legacy video you're hoping for.
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In the SCOPE phase, we walk you through the process of deciding the extent of the story you would like us to document, what and who you'd like to include in the video, who we will interview on camera, the number of shooting days it will take, the type and number of locations where we will be filming and what photos, home videos and other documents you may want to include.
During PRE PLANNING we discuss content and logistics. Are we shooting on location or in the studio? We help prepare an outline of the material to be covered in the interviews, schedule the shoot days, discuss who will be on camera and who will be interviewing. We plan for converting old pictures or home videos to digital, and we discuss any supporting video we will need to to out and shoot.
This is the time to go through the FAMILY ARCHIVES - your treasure trove of old film, video, photographs, newspaper clippings, recipes, paintings, old films, home videos or other momentos you may want us to include. Except for items already in digital format, these will have to converted to digital or photographed. Get this done early it doesn't delay the process when we're we ready for post production.
CULLING YOUR ARCHIVES
The PRODUCTION PHASE is when we shoot all of the interviews and other supporting material for the documentary. Production days are typically long days. Our camera, lighting, audio and grip crew like to arrive early. Unloading and setting up at each location usually takes about 90 minutes for each scene change. Then its time to begin recordings. Lights! Action! Camera!
POST PRODUCTION begins by backing up the video footage to keep it safe. Then we log the video - mark where each topic discussed begins and ends. Then "B-Roll" material - items that were digitized or shot - is mapped to where it will appear in the finished program. The program is edited and color corrected, the audio tracks may be enhanced, and then any titles, graphics, music or narration is added.
High definition video programs used to be distributed on DVD, but with the popularity of streaming services like iTunes, Netflix and YouTube, hardly anyone owns a DVD player anymore. We can arrange any format you would like, however the most common way to distribute high-res multi-gigabyte video is on a USB flash drive from which it can be copied to your computer or plugged in to a TV.