Professional Documentary: If you haven't already experienced the satisfaction of producing your own documentary, there's a good chance you will in the near future.
To more and more people, it simply makes sense. If your life is interesting enough to preserve in photo albums or home movies -- what better way to share your memories and experiences than in a professionally produced documentary complete with narration, music, interviews and high definition video footage of significant events?
So, how are individuals using their personal documentaries? Here are just a few examples:
Personal or Family Histories. It's amazing how quickly family or personal stories can be lost if they're not recorded some way. A documentary allows your grandchildren and their children's children to feel a connection to the relatives, places and events that shaped their world today. Sometimes referred to as "legacy documentaries," these shows incorporate historic family photos, home movies and video footage, press clippings and other memorabilia, as well as interview footage with relatives and friends shot specifically for the documentary. A professional narrator and the right choice of music round out the production.
Shared information about collections, hobbies or passions. Every great collection -- from artwork to automobiles -- is actually two collections: the items themselves and the stories behind each piece. Fascinating documentaries can be created around a coin collection, a garden or greenhouse or other personal passion. Major home renovations have become the topic of a number of personal documentaries. The home is filmed before, during and after the renovation. Interviews with architects, designers, the owners and others help preserve the story of how a majestic older home was given new life.
Capture a Significant Event. An event documentary begins well before the event itself. Film crews capture the search for the perfect location & food. Pre-event interviews with the planners, host, honorees and others are filmed. Then, the event itself is filmed the way a television network would do it: with multiple cameras and crews. After the event, all the footage is edited, narration is recorded and a soundtrack is created to complete the show.
Other popular uses of personal documentaries include travel documentaries that capture an exciting personal or family trip -- tribute films that honor a retiring executive or memorialize a deceased family member -- and philanthropic documentaries that highlight an individual's favorite charity or cause.
A company that specializes in personal films can help you with every aspect of creating your documentary. These companies know how to work with individuals who have little or no experience in film or video production and know how to involve their clients without overburdening or overwhelming them.
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