It was an honor to be the keynote speaker at the Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame ceremony last week. To be amongst all the volunteers and people who devote their time and resources to help others. The theme this year is Age Out Loud: Express Yourself, Advocate, and Inspire. Letting others know your story via a legacy video is certainly one way to Age Out Loud. Here’s a link to an excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79CeS1fCtuo
WHY THE TIME IS NOW – TO RECORD YOUR FAMILY’S LEGACY VIDEO
A few years ago we filmed Mrs. H when she was 92 years old. It was an incredible experience as she spent 2 8-hour days recounting all the details of her life. Unfortunately she passed away a couple of years later, and this is the text I received from her son after I sent my condolences: “Thank you. I’m really glad we made that film.”
I was reminded of this text this week because I received an email from another client. We filmed her uncle a year and a half ago:
“I’ve been meaning to email you to let you know—we did the video just in time. Sadly, my uncle Isaac died in December, and his wife died just a few months earlier. Having the video has meant so much to his family.”
If you have any interest in preserving the stories and heritage of your family by creating a legacy video, the time to do it is now. I can’t tell you how many people I meet who tell me: “I wish I’d met you when my grandparents were still alive. They had so many stories…”
Our latest legacy video, shot last week at Frenchman’s Creek, Palm Beach Gardens. Now the editing fun begins, with lots of topics and stories to include, ranging from street stickball games to a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers to eating at over 20 Michelin 3-star restaurants! Our video biographies are priceless gifts for future generations.
This was an unusual family biography in that we filmed 3 brothers as they chatted and joked around the dining table. Our intent was to capture their family history through their ‘spontaneous’ conversations, and boy did they have lots of jokes and stories. The excerpt was posted on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC4DSQtehlg) and Facebook and was picked up by israel video network, in their hilarious category http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/category/hilarious/ :
I will share insights on recording family history/stories, covering topics such as research and preparation, conducting the interview, incorporating photographs, documents, home movies; and how to create a video that is not only informative but entertaining as well. Points of discussion include the role of stories and oral traditions in our families, the tricks memories play on us, and basic video production tips that will even come in handy the next time you record with your phone. Video excerpts will be screened. Open to the public.
Thursday December 3 3:30-5:30 Northeast Dade Aventura Branch Library
19200 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura Fl 33180
Sunday December 6 10AM-Noon Temple Beth Am
5950 SW 88th Street, Pinecrest Fl 33156
At the last seminar in which I shared tips in creating family biography videos, I asked everyone to hold their digital phones as if they were going to film me. About half held the phones in a vertical position. A big no-no in my book -however, that may be the wave of the future. Here’s a link to a NY Times article and a link to a great Glove and Boots video on the subject: http://tinyurl.com/ojmef2h https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA
In order to keep Hiroshima stories alive, ‘heirs’ are authorized to remember and tell the stories in place of actual survivors. http://tinyurl.com/ojhxfcq
I am going to be speaking at the Jewish Genealogy Society of Tampa Bay on Sunday, June 14th on how to create a family video biography. If you are nearby, feel free to come. Below are the details:
Presented by Walter Schlomann
Award winning filmmaker Walter Schlomann will share his expertise on how to create a family video biography at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay meeting, Sunday, June 14 at 2 PM at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater, Florida. A social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 PM, and the featured program starts at 2:00 PM.
Learn how to create a priceless family heirloom. In this last session before our summer break, Walter Schlomann will share his filmmaking expertise in producing video biographies – just in time for you to meet with relatives over the summer and begin documenting your own family history. Storytelling and oral history have contributed to our survival as a people.
Schlomann is an accomplished video editor, director and producer of independent films, documentaries, and other video media who has edited programs on PBS, TV Land, History Channel, Biography Channel, and Comedy Central, and who has collaborated on projects with Rock stars such as Michael Stipe and Cyndi Lauper. He has filmed helicopter action scenes in the Australian Outback, directed Scotty of Star Trek fame on a wild aerial ride through New York, and even worked with mermaids, crocs, and kangaroos. He has interviewed actors, artists, CEOs, physicians, scientists, veterans, educators, holocaust survivors, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Heritage Media Group (www.weconnectgenerations.com).
Anyone interested in learning how to do Jewish genealogical research is invited to attend. Beginners as well as experienced researchers are welcome. For information on the organization or directions to the meeting call Bruce Hadburg at 727-796-7981, or email him email@example.com.