If your family members are anything like mine, they have lived very interesting lives and have countless stories that are both fascinating and entertaining. Story telling has been around since the beginning of time and makes it possible for today’s generations to know about the history of their ancestors. Thanks to technology we can now document these stories on video to share with future generations.
Here are a few tips for filming interviews with your family members:
1. Set a date. Approach your loved one and tell them how you value their stories and would love to capture these stories on video. Explain to them that by sharing their past through a series of recorded interviews, they would be providing a wonderful gift to the rest of the family and future generations. If you can get them to agree to be filmed, set several times that work for both of your schedules.
2. Get the proper equipment and learn to use it. Once you and your loved one are both committed to the project, it’s time to make sure your have all of the proper equipment for capturing interviews. A camera and tripod are essential. Once you have both items, make sure they work properly and practice using them so you won’t run into any unexpected problems during the interview.
3. Prepare a list of questions to ask. Create a list of specific questions you want answered. These will lead the interview and result in a great discussion about your loved one’s past and your family’s rich history.
4. Create a stress-free environment. The more relaxed your loved one feels during the interview, the more likely they are to open up to you and give you a great interview. Make sure to conduct your interviews in a comfortable, distraction-free environment. A quiet, well-lit room is best for recording.
Now you can get started on documenting your own family history. Not only is this project a great opportunity to learn more about your aging parent or loved one, but it will become an invaluable documentation of your family’s history that can be passed down from generation to generation.