Actors exercise a special talent to appear completely natural in front of a camera. It takes a totally different talent to make the rest of the population appear just as comfortable.
From the earliest days of StoryKeeping, we’ve helped the cameras fade away in order to capture the most sincere, powerful storytelling possible. The first StoryKeeping session inspired the full range of emotion, and every production since has delivered the same.
This year we’ve taken steps to ensure the imagery and sound matches the top-quality storytelling of our clientele. The new main camera for StoryKeeping has been used on CNN’s “The Wonder List” — a show documenting the most beautiful places on Earth before they’re commercialized. The backup camera is capable of creating material on the level of a Hollywood dream sequence.
The new lighting kit has superior color accuracy, and is implemented in a way that makes people look their best. The microphone captures crisp audio while blocking out ambient, unwanted noise. StoryKeeping has long added motion to B-roll to give a professional look to footage, but just last month added a gimbal to the ensemble to take the B-roll off the tripod and into the middle of the action.
Just last week I was at the Association of Personal Historians conference in Fort Worth, Texas, learning new ways to elevate my productions. One of my colleagues took a look at my equipment and used the word “overkill.” I replied with a “maybe so,” but upon further reflection I’m not sure it’s possible to go overboard when dealing with something as sacred as a person’s story.
A StoryKeeping production has been called “The ultimate compliment,” and I believe top-quality storytelling commands top-quality equipment.