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Welcome to StoryKeeping!

StoryKeeping interviews your loved ones and produces video biographies to create a living legacy. StoryKeeping gives you peace of mind, because no matter what tomorrow brings, you’ll always be able to hear their side of the story, in first person, forever. It’s never too early to start, so start now. We look forward to helping you capture the highlights of your loved one’s lives.

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Video Biographies: “A Real Compliment”

 

I’ve recently started asking the folks I interview what they think of this whole StoryKeeping thing. In past interviews I’d picked up on how much the story teller appreciated the gesture of making their life a priority, but I was curious as to what word choice they’d use to describe that feeling.

 

Prior to StoryKeeping sessions your loved ones will downplay their lives by saying things like “Oh, I don’t have anything to say”, or “You don’t want to hear me talk about myself.” It seems the light bulb comes on during our sessions as they realize they DO have something to say, and when you let someone know you DO want to hear them talk about themselves, it’s a REAL compliment.

 

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Happy Cinco de Mayo and Viva StoryKeeping

Viva StoryKeeping

Five years ago today I walked into the Bexar County Courthouse to register the business name “StoryKeeping”. It was a Tuesday afternoon. I almost went that Monday, May 4th, but then thought “How cool would it be if millions of people celebrated the birth of StoryKeeping unintentionally, and with margaritas?” So I waited ’til Cinco de Mayo. I’d actually been wanting to start the business for years prior, but didn’t believe I’d saved enough money up to do it right.

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Video Biography Editing Levels

I’ve defined a few different editing levels so people can let me know how nice of a viewing experience they’d like the final movie to provide.  Here are the options:

 

  • Unedited – I take the raw footage, convert it to a functional format, and place it onto a DVD or storage device as is.  

 

  • Basic – Interview footage is edited for content (pauses, errors, repetitiveness, and tangents are all removed) resulting in a consistent stream of stories.  Stories are placed into chapters so the viewer can skip straight to desired topics.  Balanced audio volume.  Eight custom inserts (pictures or video) are included.  

 

  • Full – All the perks of Basic plus full, higher-level editing, a highlight video to accompany the full-length feature, and one set of editing revisions.  Examples of higher-level editing include tweaking of colors, brightness/contrast of images, and fine tuning of the audio.  

 

Send an email to info@StoryKeeping.com with questions, comments, or to discuss a potential video biography project.

 

 

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What impacts video biography pricing?

I’m often asked what impacts the pricing of a video biography project, so I’ve copied and pasted an email to a client here.

 

Pricing a StoryKeeping session depends on a few factors:

 

  1.  Length of the interview.

  2.  Level of editing/production requested.

  3.  When the interview takes place.

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The Most Powerful Position in Society

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Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.

I saw the above comic this morning, and later a buddy of mine sent me the following excerpt from a Matthew Kelly book:

The most powerful and influential position in any society is that of the storyteller. Storytellers are not just the mythical cultural icons who dress up on Thursday afternoons and read stories to your children in local libraries and bookstores. Musicians are storytellers; politicians are storytellers. Screenplay writers and business leaders are storytellers. Teachers, preachers, nurses, lawyers, priests, scientists, salespeople, artists, mothers, fathers, poets, philosophers, brothers, sisters, babysitters, grandparents…we are all storytellers.

The future belongs to the storytellers and it belongs to us. What will it be like? Well, that depends very much on the stories we tell, the stories we listen to, and the stories we live.

If you subscribe to what Kelly is saying here, the most powerful position in society belongs to you as you decide which stories are most important. We cannot know where we are going unless we know where we’ve been. And knowing where we’ve been gives us great insight into how we can get where we want to go as we recognize our strengths and abilities. Personally, I’m fascinated by the lives of my ancestors, as the lives they lived laid the foundation for my own story.

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One of My Favorite Teachers

 

Every Christmas season my family heads over to the Hermann Son’s hall over by Marshall High School in San Antonio for our annual Brauchle family reunion. The Brauchle family is a proud one filled with solid people and a history of educators. My great great grandfather was one of the first teachers in Northside San Antonio – now one of the largest school districts in the state of Texas. That said, when I’d head over to the Brauchle reunion I always came ready to learn.

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Family Action Portrait

Every year or two families get dressed up for a family portrait session. Ah. Junior blinked. Retake. What’s Mom looking at? Retake. Everyone must make eye contact with the lens and think of their happy place.

Don’t get me wrong, I love family portraits. They have a proud history and a place in everyone’s living room. That said, there’s room for something more. This is where the Family Action Portrait comes into play. Family Action Portraits capture the true essence of a family: how you interact, how you walk, how you play, your mannerisms, your secret handshakes, and on and on depending upon the family. The above linked Family Action Portrait is fairly straight-forward. Depending upon how you’d like your project to come out, StoryKeeping can drop in your existing pictures or video as well as sound bytes or quotes from each family member. If you’re dreaming it we can likely make it happen.

Contact StoryKeeping now to schedule your Family Action Portrait at info@StoryKeeping.com

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Gift DVD

Give the gift of everlasting life to the highlights of a lifetime this holiday season!

It’s too late to go through the StoryKeeping process this year, but you can still let your family know how much you love them by handing out StoryKeeping Gift DVDs. StoryKeeping has created a DVD that, when popped into the DVD player, will tell your family about how you’ve booked a StoryKeeping session for them that will capture the highlights of their lives. The video explains the process, what to expect, and reinforces how special a StoryKeeping session can be for a family.

If you’d like a StoryKeeping Gift DVD, just email info@StoryKeeping.com with “Gift DVD” in the subject line and let us know whether you’d like us to interview an individual, couple, an entire family, or the end-goal of the project. StoryKeeping will give you a quote, require a deposit of half the total, create a customized Gift DVD and get it mailed to you in time for your gift exchange. The remainder of the balance is due the date of the interview or event. Splitting the payment over time makes this Gift DVD an even more-appealing gift option.

Ultimately, your decision to give your loved ones a StoryKeeping session will be remembered as one of the most loving and lasting gifts ever given. StoryKeeping is looking forward to helping you set the gift-bar high while capturing the highlights of a lifetime for your family!

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Like a great story? I do!

Scenic Wedding

Doing what I do you have to know I love a good story, so when I’m given the opportunity to play a role in something extraordinary I find it really difficult to say “No” regardless of circumstances. Of course extraordinary is subjective, so when I told a few friends about my plans to cover this wedding I got mixed reviews. Some thought I was nuts.

My friend Andi had recommended my StoryKeeping services to a family friend of hers out in Sonora, TX, and the mother of the bride ended up sending me an email to discuss doing a wedding. I was pretty much elated when I discovered the wedding was going to be held on a Thursday. Middle of the week work? I can pretend I have a normal schedule?! Awesome! I love my weekends just the same as everyone else.

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God Bless the U.S.A.

When I woke up that morning the world was still asleep. It was the perfect start to a day dedicated to reflecting. It was Thursday, February 10, 2011, on the tail end of the “Snowpocalypse” that terrorized South Texans not accustomed to snow or ice. As I left the house around 4am, the frozen grass crunched under my feet. As my truck eased over the 410 & I-35 overpass, my headlights revealed patches of ice. The silent seclusion of the morning set a heck of a tone for the day, and the majority of my 5-hour drive up to Lufkin, TX took place earlier than I was comfortable calling most of my friends. So I time traveled through Texas towns in solitude, recalling my own past as I prepared to capture the highlights of a lifetime for a stranger, Charlie Kimble.

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