Gone But Not Forgotten – A Video Memoir
A couple of months ago, a good friend of mine’s brother passed away unexpectedly. He was in his late 30s and while he did have some medical issues, there was nothing that would have predicted a young and untimely death. Naturally his family was devastated.
A memorial was held and as is typically done, a photo slideshow was hastily put together and shown, along with poems, readings and other memorial elements our culture historically does when memorializing someone.
Not long after, my friend asked me if I would be able to put these elements into a video as a keepsake for the family. Of course I would!
She came over and along with the elements from the memorial service, we pulled some special items off her brother’s laptop; his screen saver, a little video animation about cats that he was particularly fond of, and some other bits that helped illustrate his life and personality. We did our Legacy Multimedia magic, animating the poem, the obituary, adding photos into the piece and creating what we refer to as a Legacy video. A video memoir that educates and explains and allows the viewer to connect with the soul of that person, long after they are gone.
Shortly after viewing, my friend sent me this note. ” It is still so sad to watch. But so nice to have something like this to see. It is hard to imagine we have so little of someone after they are gone. Except what we remember, or things they have made.”
I was touched by her sentiment as this was the exact point that served as the impetus of starting Legacy Multimedia. To help people share their stories, or stories of others, in a way that educates, connects generations, and leaves a lasting legacy. It is not something ephemeral, but an object, an experience, that is solid and timeless. To me, that is something powerful to have left behind.
Stefani Twyford is a personal historian and video biographer sharing life stories, connecting generations and preserving legacies. To learn more, visit her web site, find her on Twitter as @stefanitwyford, visit the Legacy Multimedia Facebook Fan Page, or send her an e-mail.
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