Creating Children’s Stories on Video

We don’t have kids ourselves, but my sister and I have made a number of videos with my brother’s kids as they are growing up.  We were the cool aunts who showed them how they could make their stories become real.  Our first attempt at creating a story with them was at a princess party we held in their honor.  We set up the green screen and filmed them in front of it.  A month later we presented them with this story:

Next my middle niece Zoe decided she wanted to take a story she had written and create a movie.  She did not want to be in it, but she convinced her sisters and her sisters friend to star in the show.  She directed it, and narrated it, I served as the camera person and my sister edited this one:

A few years later our youngest niece Sophia wanted to do her own video.  She loved to watch the cooking channel and she wanted to make her own cooking show.  Mind you she made her cupcakes from a box…but you have to start somewhere. This is what we made with her:

What this did for our nieces is help them to see there is no limit to what their imagination can do.  Zoe and Sophia are a little older and we have taught them how to edit their own films.  But they enjoy looking back at these films and remember the good times we had making them.

Maybe you are not great in your editing skills, but if you have a video camera, a digital camera or even a smart phone you can film your kids telling their stories and then send them to Tears of Joy Video to create their stories. Inspire their imagination. http://tearsofjoyvideo.com

What ways have you used to inspire your children’s imagination?

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The Perfect Love Story

Last week I had a client call me. He said he would like to create a video for his girlfriend to tell her how much he loved her. What a great idea!

He sent me over his favorite pictures of them and her. He also sent a recorded message to her he recorded on his IPhone to put behind the pictures and then picked out 3 songs that had meaning to them as a couple. The final product was a video that would melt any woman’s heart. I told him for sure, she would cry “tears of joy.”

Today I got this message from him: Thanks again for all of your help with my video–Sylvia really really loved it and it was a great surprise and keepsake for both us! You did such a great and timely job on this and I really appreciate how you went above and beyond to make this just right for us! ~Scott (BTW-he gave me permission to share this)

I ask you women out there, how would you like it if your husband or boyfriend created a video like this for you?  What unique ways have you had your boyfriend or husband tell you he loved you?

Videos that help you reconnect with your family

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A while back I had a client call me to tell me her mothers reaction to one of our videos. Her story gave me chills. I had created a video for her father’s memorial. They decided to play it at her brother’s house afterwards. They played it in his family room and kept it playing over and over again for hours.

During all that time, her mother sat on the couch and watched the video over and over again. For a number of years her mother has had Alzheimer’s and hasn’t even recognized her own children. But her daughter told me as she watched this her face started to light up. She used music that was all her fathers’ favorites and her mother started moving to the music.

After a while she started recognizing her husband and her children on the screen. By the end of the evening she was telling people, this is my daughter. She was recognizing all her kids. Her daughter said it was amazing how she reacted to the video. It was just for a while, but for them this experience was amazing.

She called me to talk to me about creating her mothers story now. She wants to do this while her mother can still respond to it.

Even now this story is getting me emotional. To know that something I created allowed these kids to have connection with their mother again. That is priceless!

If you would like to reconnect with your family, give us a call (877) 887-8658 or go to our website for more information http://tearsofjoyvideo.com

If you have had a parent with Alzheimer’s, what ways have you used to reconnect with them?

My Favorite Storyteller

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(Mom when she was young)

The best storyteller in my life was my mom. My mom was handicapped, but as her body broke down around her, her mind was as sharp as a tack. She had a way with words that made everyday occurrences seem like major events, and she had a memory (which she passed on to me) that she could remember things far back in her life with deep detail. My sister and I used to go sit on her bed and ask her to tell us stories of her life. We had heard these before, but we never tired of hearing them over and over again. I can repeat these stories in detail like my mom, and have past them on, but no one could tell them like her. For certain stories she even changed her voice for the characters, and she did the facial expressions of the person of the event she was relating. When I relate the stories-some of the story is lost. We lost that with my mom’s death.

Storytelling is an art. Some are writers. Some cannot write, like my mom (there were no home computers when she was alive-and her disease caused her not to be able to write-even her signature was hard), but they have a great way of telling a story. If our video business was around when my mom was alive, I know I would of forced her to tell those stories on camera. But now the way she told those stories is lost forever.

I believe my mom’s story telling was passed on to my sister and me through our talent of creating video montages. Now with our video business we cannot only create our own stories, but we can help our customers create their stories. When we capture their story with their pictures and video, many times they come back to us and say it was much better than they ever expected. Yes, they cry “Tears of Joy”! It is rewarding to know we have captured their family stories, their memories-and now they can have them forever. We know from personal experience what that means.

These stories don’t have to be of some spectacular event. Like my mom, your best stories are lying in your own personal experiences that happen to you everyday. Sharing your feelings and then your solutions or the lessons you learned from the situation.

Check out our site. http://tearsofjoyvideo.com/Biography-Interview-Packages.html. If you live in the San Diego area we can interview you on camera and add your stories in with your pictures and video. Outside of San Diego, we have do-it-yourself instructions on how to capture your stories with something as simple as an Iphone or digital camera and then add that to your video.

We would love to hear your story. As our tag line says: Everyone has a story…What’s yours? Who was your favorite storyteller?