Things to Consider

  • Who will be in the film?  It’s usually very effective to have a “main character” and to tell the family story through their point of view. There’s usually one member of the family who is the “family storyteller”.     
  • Make a list of other important family members who you want to have interviewed – along with any stories that you want retold.
  • Consider gathering the family together at a family reunion so that professional video interviews can capture oral histories. This might even take place at a destination where your family has roots. Make sure you leave time for interviews if a destination reunion is planned. Also allow time to interview relevant locals like a past family friend.
  • Gather old family photos and footage from the past.  This may also include important letters and documents.  Letters can be read in the voice of the writer or the storyteller.
  • Communicate with other family members who may want to contribute. Understand that some people may not be comfortable talking on camera but might do well with an audio only interview.  This can be used with other visuals when the film is created.
  • Are you producing this film with or for your siblings? For your children?
  • What’s the scope or focus of the film? For example: Her family?  His family?
  • Decide what kind of film you want. How far back in history will you go?