Tributes & Video Biographies
Sharing Life Stories, Connecting Generations, Preserving Legacies

Video Tributes



  • “Just Use This Mind” – Venerable Zen Master Miao Tsan

    We recently completed a video that we were hired to do by Bright Sky Press, a Houston-based publisher of fine books for national and international trade distribution. The video explores the message of Venerable Master Miao Tsan, abbot at Vairocana Zen Monaste...

    Read more  ●  Friday, October 8th, 2010



  • A Triple Header Video Interview

    Over the holiday week between Christmas and New Year, my family spent a week skiing in Utah. We stayed at the home of some good friends who live outside of Salt Lake City and another family from California was there as well. We have known the parents of thes...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 3rd, 2008



  • Concepting and Scriptwriting Tips for Family Video Productions

    Flickr photo: Meg Part 2 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week I introduced this series about creating videos to capture the joy of family events and special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday get...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 11th, 2009



  • Creating an Oral History to Preserve Unique Life Stories

    Flickr photo: c-weiss First of all, what is oral history? Put simply it is a collection of testimonies by living persons to record their unique life stories. They are not based on gossip, hearsay or rumors. Instead, oral histories are chronicles of direct ob...

    Read more  ●  Monday, December 3rd, 2007



  • Effective Interviewing Techniques for Video Histories

    Flickr Photo: Walter Grubmuller While every interviewee is unique in his or her own way, there are several things you can do in advance to help make the process go more smoothly to yield better results. There are also some proven techniques that can be appli...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 10th, 2008



  • Every Memory of Your Life Stored Forever – MyLifeBits Project

    Gordon Bell What would it look like if you had a computer with every single memory stored on it forever? You would be able to access every webpage you’ve ever looked at, every email you’ve read, every photo you’ve taken or been in, videos o...

    Read more  ●  Friday, April 4th, 2008



  • Family Photo Album

    I met this guy at a party the other night and when I told him that I was a personal historian and biographer, he became really, really excited. He said to me, “I have to show you this album I did with my son for his 5th grade class project. ” He...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, June 24th, 2008



  • Filming a Tribute Testimonial

    Last week I spent two days filming 13 people giving testimonials for 13 other people for an event in early December. This event is an annual social event that honors local Houstonians for their charitable and philanthropic commitments.I am not going to nam...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, October 16th, 2012



  • Getting That Personal History Captured – NOW

    I have a new client that I just started working with. One of my customs is to request an invitation to dinner with the family before I start work. This gives me an excellent opportunity to study the social dynamics of each family. I get the opportunity to se...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011



  • 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 devastat...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, July 14th, 2012



  • Matt Langdon – Founder, The Hero Workshop

    he•ro |’hi(ə)rõ| noun ( pl. -roes) A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. What is a hero? Most of us recognize the superheroes that we’ve grow up celebrating. Characters such as Superma...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, November 30th, 2008



  • Memorial Tribute for Dan Duncan

    A few weeks ago one of my clients, Dan Duncan, a well known businessman and philanthropist, passed away. His passing was unexpected and we were just days away from shooting new footage for a another tribute video on the Duncans. Both Dan and his wife Jan wer...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, May 4th, 2010



  • New Traditions

    It’s only three more days until one of our favorite holidays, Thanksgiving, is once again upon us. Celebrated annually for almost 400 years now, this is a time we come together with family and friends to give thanks for abundance and all we have to be g...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 19th, 2007



  • Old Letters and New History

    For a good part of my life, i had a tin cracker box filled with old letters. Most of these were letters sent to me by old boyfriends, away at college or otherwise separated from me and declaring their affections. There were also some letters from friends off...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 24th, 2008



  • PBS – The Objects and Memory Project

    From The Objects and Memory Project web site: “The documentary film and educational initiative Objects and Memory is about how we respond to history while it is happening and how we tell our stories through the otherwise ordinary things in our homes and...

    Read more  ●  Monday, September 14th, 2009



  • PBS’s AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Launches “Campaign ’08” Multimedia Website for THE PRESIDENTS Biography Collection

    BOSTON, MARCH 3 — PBS’ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE today launched The Presidents, the online component of an unprecedented public television initiative that, for the first time, will make available more than 25 hours of presidential programming online, o...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, March 4th, 2008



  • Post-Production and Editing Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:mobilechina2007 Part 5 – Final installment in a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the third of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – production a...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 23rd, 2009



  • Pre-Production and Planning Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:Vanessa van Dyck Part 3 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the first of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – concepting / scriptwriting. ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 30th, 2009



  • Production and Filming Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Part 4 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the second of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – pre-production and planning. This week, we will talk about pha...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, April 15th, 2009



  • Some Proud & Historic Moments this Inauguration Week

    I have to say that I could not be prouder of many things this week. Being present to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama Tuesday was truly an awe inspiring event. I tuned in periodically on my television and the internet live streams to catch little bi...

    Read more  ●  Friday, January 23rd, 2009