Honor Your Family By Making Your Own Family History Videos

Learn to create Personal History Videos about your own family: Preserve precious stories for generations. DIY & Save $.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Some people are fortunate enough be able to commission beautiful video biographies of family members, to be handed down and cherished for generations. But, the process is long and expensive. Not everyone can afford a video biography done by a professional.

The typical Family Legacy Video runs from $5,000 to $10,000. I know, because I've been producing Family Legacy Videos for more than fifteen years.

The good news is that, even Hopelessly Busy People Can Make a Family Legacy Video in a Few Weekends and For Very Little Cost.

It always breaks my heart when I see families with elders who have wonderful, important stories to tell, but they never get recorded or preserved because the family either can't afford to have it done, or they just don't know what to do.

That's why I decided to develop this course: to show you how to do it yourself, and to do it quickly at very little cost.

I lead you through the process step-by-step. I'll take you from the initial idea, to getting your family member to sit in front of your camera, setting up your video shoot, getting good quality video, sound, and lighting, editing, and finally, turning the project into a polished DVD as a gift for the entire family, both now and for generations to come.

There are many reasons to create a Family Legacy Video:

  • Celebrate someone's life
  • Preserve important family stories and memories
  • Gain insight into the struggles, choices, and forces that shaped the person's life, which in turn shaped the life of the family
  • Share your wisdom and the lessons the person has experienced
  • Put names and stories with those old family photos
  • Bring life to the family tree
  • Connect the generations
  • Bear witness to events that affected many
  • Give back to the family
  • As a gift from one generation to the next

A Family History Video may be your most important legacy. In this course, you will learn how to make one relatively quickly, and at a small fraction of the cost of hiring a professional.

Contents and Overview
In over 2 hours of content, including 22 lectures, this course covers why Family Legacies are important, how to choose a subject, convincing your subject to tell their story, collecting the photos and memorabilia and organizing it.

This course also covers what equipment you'll need, how to set it up for the video shoot, sound and lighting, and what kind of questions to ask your subject on camera.

You will also learn about editing your video with photos, archival footage, and music, among other important lessons.

Upon completion students will have the knowledge and skills to conceive of a biographical video documentary, featuring an important loved one in the family, set up an effective video recording session, in which the subject tells the stories from their past, including memories, experiences, wisdom and advice for future generations. They will be able to take the raw video, import it into a video editing software program, and turn it into a compelling video biography on DVD for showing the family, and for preserving for 100 years and beyond.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need access to video and audio recording devices, as well as video editing software.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • impart to family memebers how important it is to preserve their life stories, especially in a video program that allows them to tell their story in their own voice, and with their own expressions.
  • Set up a video shoot to capture their loved one’s memories
  • Edit the video into a beautiful program that will be treasured for generations
  • Prepare and create beautiful video documentary programs to give to family and friends as gifts that will live for generations.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who wants to preserve their family legacy on video, either telling their own story, or the stories of loved ones.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture we explore the reasons that it is so important that we capture and preserve the stories and experiences of our family members, or even our own stories in order to hand them down and make them accessible to future generations.


In this lecture we look at what makes a Family History Video; what i is, and what is its purpose.


Even though we are well-intentioned, most of us put off recording our stories and experiences. This lecture looks at the reasons, and how to overcome our blocks and objections.


We take a look at deciding who will be the subject of our first Family History Video.


This lecture examines the ways in which we can accomplish the sometimes difficult task of getting our potential video subjects to agree to participate in our Family History Video project.

Section 2: Planning

A discussion of the various elements that can be included in your Family History Video, including topics of discussion.

How To Interview Your Subject
Downloadable Question Guide
6 pages
What Equipment Do You Need?
Collecting The Memories
Organizing The Memories
Section 3: Shooting Your Family History Video
Video Setup
Audio Setup
Lighting Setup
Section 4: Editing Your Family History Video
Basic Video Editing
Video Editing Software Products Available
2 pages
Extra Content
Adding Music
Create A Compelling Story
Section 5: The Final Package
Making and Packaging The Final DVD
DVD Authoring Programs
2 pages
Final Thoughts

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Instructor Biography

Stan Prentice, Musician, Music Educator, and Documentary Videomaker

Stan has spent the majority of his life creating music. He began his piano study at age 5, and studied all forms of keyboard music over the years, both privately and in college. He began playing piano professionally at the age of 19, over 40 years ago. Through the years, he has appeared in countless lounges, night clubs, cabarets and showrooms all over the United States. He has recorded at studios in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. Recently, he finished up an 8-year stint as a Piano Bar entertainer at the prestigious Eldorado Hotel in Reno, Nevada. A full time performer and published songwriter, Stan has vast experience in the music industry.

He also runs a Video Production Business, specializing in Family History Legacies and Personal Biographies.

Stan is experienced in the following areas:

- Night club, cabaret, lounge, and concert entertainer

- Recording artist

- Music Producer

- Music Teacher

- Video Production

- Genealogy

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