Last Thursday’s KidsOutAndAbout newsletter, by Debra Ross, motivated me to share a post that I hope will inspire every videographer and filmmaker, particularly during the holiday season.
Deb included the music video “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran (video below), in which family photos and video footage provided the foundation for this lovely piece.
Now if you’re having flashbacks to the times your parents hauled out the ole projection screen and Super 8 projector, embarrassing family members and “amusing” relatives, think again. With the right editing (or really, the right editor), almost anything can become a story.
As I watched “Photograph,” I was sorry our family hadn’t captured more video of our daughters as they grew up, or of my mother before she was gone. Oh, we have a bit of footage, but although we had a video camera at that time, I had no filmmaking skills — either in capturing or in editing. And now that I do have those skills, I often neglect to capture the more personal stories surrounding me.
So, I’m writing this to remind both myself and other filmmakers, that cameras can be used in so many different ways…for capturing the BIG stories taking place “out there” in a documentary or narrative format. But they’re even more valuable for preserving the magic and memories in the timeless stories that unfold around you.
Thinking of how you can capture holiday memories? Check out 10 Tips for Capturing Holiday Family Videos.
Article by Carol White Llewellyn