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The Gift of Storytelling

This weeks blog comes from Scott Quayle, Director, Life Films, Scott is passionate about capturing these memories and stories and takes great pride in producing wonderfully crafted short films.

The art of storytelling is as old as the human race.

From drawing pictures on the walls of caves, to the hieroglyphs of Ancient Egyptians, we have always used storytelling to pass on information from one generation to the next.

Today we are in the fortunate position to be able to use technology to easily record our own stories for future generations without the fear of them being damaged by the test of time.

Speaking as a child of Generation X, I feel that this has been somewhat overlooked by the older generations.

Not from a technology viewpoint, but more so in terms of storytelling itself.

But I have nothing interesting to say!

I meet so many people who think they have not led an interesting life. I always find this hard to believe as I would argue that anyone who has spent 60+ years on this earth has a story to tell.

But there seems to be a cultural reluctance to pass on these family stories from one generation to the next.

This is a generation who lived through all kinds of hardship and significant modern world events.

So I am writing this on behalf of your children and their children, to tell you that we want to hear your stories. We want to know more about who you really are!

I lost my first grandfather when I was 10 years old. And while I remember what he looked like I know very little else about him.

And it is not just his stories I want to hear about. I want to remember how he sounded, the words he used, his laugh, his smile, the clothes he wore and the unique mannerisms that made him the man he was.

I want to know what it was like for him growing up, what he did for fun, what he did at school, what his first job was, how he met my grandmother, what it was like raising 3 boys when money was so hard to come by. I want to know everything.

Sadly I will never get that chance. The best I can get is the occasional story my Dad tells me.

It beats the hell out of a time capsule!

You see my view is that creating a legacy video is not really for you, it is for your kids, your grandkids and the generations after that.

Imagine being able to watch a short film about your great, great, great, great grandfather? Wouldn’t that be truly remarkable?

Forget opening a time capsule and seeing a few old items from times gone by, this would be a first-hand account of their life. What an incredible gift!

So as Christmas rolls around again and a new year will soon be upon us, think about your own family and how often you really talk about what your life has entailed, the many stories you have that have not been talked about in decades – and then consider documenting them on film – forever.

Your future great, great grandchildren will thank you!


About Me:

Scott Quayle, Director, Life Films

I have been involved in video production for over 15 years through my work in the corporate world, and have been filming people’s life stories for the past 2 years.

I am passionate about capturing these memories and take great pride in producing wonderfully crafted short films.

I go to great lengths to ensure each person feels comfortable in front of the camera and have spent many years crafting my interview technique to get the best possible result.

Everybody has a story to tell, and it would be an honour to tell yours.

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