“Before they move” jumped into my conscious multiple times this morning.
When I first checked my phone I had a message from a client. He was expressing how grateful he was that we interviewed his mother-in-law a few weeks ago. Her health is suffering and merely a month later she’s been moved out of state for 24-hour care. Life happens that fast — sometimes faster.
While I’m happy and able to conduct StoryKeeping sessions anywhere modern transportation takes me, interviewing someone away from a long-time home is less than ideal.
Later this morning I got a phone call from a young man interested in a StoryKeeping production for his grandfather. “Would we bring him to your studio?” he asked. Absolutely not. I want him in his element. Yes, it’s more work to set up an improvised studio in someone’s living room. In the grand scheme this effort is totally worth it to create something great for a family.
Non-actors give their best delivery in the comfort of their home. Even if the production level I settle on with a client is B-Roll-free, family members will recognize the interview took place in grandma’s favorite chair. They’ll see the familiar wallpaper and the lamp that lit grandpa’s face before bedtime.
My goal is to make future family members feel like their loved one is speaking directly to them in that same, familiar living room.
Before They Move
As loved ones move into nursing homes, assisted living, independent living, or just downsize to something more manageable, they’re leaving behind a shooting location with meaning. That’s why I love capturing legacies before they move.