I have several hundred feet of Super 8mm movie film sitting just a few feet from me. I have no idea what is on the film, which was shot by my father some time ago. I hope it contains images of my family from at least 25 years ago, since that was about the time Dad moved into videotape.
My story is no different than many of you who have inherited similar caches of movie film. I’m eager to get it transferred to DVD so I can watch it on a television screen rather than having to set up a projector and screen (which I don’t have!) every time I want to see it. And that’s what I’ll do. I’ll turn it over to someplace to do the transfer, then I’ll check out what I actually have.
My friend Steve Pender of Family Legacy Video suggests that there may actually be a better way. Rather than just having a hodge-podge of video snippets aggregated onto a DVD, why not use those snippets to tell a story? That’s what Steve does in his business and it’s something I do for people in the Des Moines, Iowa, area in collaboration with John Windschitl, aka that video guy.
The technique isn’t just for films, either. Family stories can be told through slideshows of still photos, too. You can add narration and music to make a really classy production. A great example is Phillip Toledano’s days with my father.
Writing prompt of the day: Find 6-12 pictures that tell a family story then tell that story by writing captions for each photo and putting them in the proper order.
Flickr photo courtesy of aka Kath.