Capturing Priceless Family Memories for Future Generations
“My recent favorite was the 86-year-old gentleman who wanted to talk about his various sexual adventures,” laughs Doug Minnick, founder of The Legacy Masters, the Studio City-based video production company that creates high-quality, PBS-style family video biographies. “He was even bringing out old topless photos of his wife! Great guy, but a difficult project to edit,” he chuckles.
Most of the subjects are more straightforward; entrepreneurs, veterans, immigrants… anyone with a good story to tell. “These biographies are a wonderful way to capture the true essence of a personality – not only stories and history but having a journalist conduct the interview brings out the wisdom, values, and humor that make a person who they are,” Minnick explains.
The company was founded after Doug lost his own mother to cancer a few years ago. “My mom was a storyteller, and when she got sick, my friend Dan Erland Andersen (a long-time TV journalist and documentarian) suggested we capture her stories in a video to save for my young children to see when they got older. It was a fantastic idea, obviously, but I procrastinated. Before I knew it, my mom had died, and with her went all the stories and wisdom she could have shared. Now we are making sure others don’t miss their chance to capture their own family histories.”
The two-hour videos also include family photos and film. They even add historical photos and footage to make your story come to life. Beautifully printed DVDs are delivered to pass out to the extended family. Most families share the cost of the video among siblings and cousins, making it quite inexpensive for each family member to have their own copy of these priceless memories.
“It’s so much more valuable than a book of photos or an audio recording and light-years ahead of a home project. As they grow, children and future generations will get to see their grandparents (or great-grandparents and beyond) as the real people they are today.”
“Don’t wait too long like I did,” warns Minnick. “Life is so fragile. Call us today.”