FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I invest in a legacy film?


We all have plenty of stories and plenty of pictures accumulating over the years. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to search for these precious materials. Deciding to create a film means gathering all these stories, collecting forgotten pictures and handing them to a professional filmmaker. Together we can make sure that all these valuable moments and materials will transform into a unique story and a beautiful film that you can share with friends and family for generations to come.
Last but not least the process of creating a legacy film is a chance for the storyteller and their loved ones to come together and connect. Spending time together talking about the roadmap of your life helps you and the people who are close to you to understand better who you are, your personal history and heritage.




Why should I invest in a family root trip film?


Embarking on a journey to discover your family's roots is a truly personal and powerful experience. As you discover the untold details of your family’s history, you will come face-to-face with your past and feel more connected to yourself and your loved ones. For some of us, this journey is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Make sure this moment will be preserved not only in your mind and heart, but also on film. As a videographer, I can provide the opportunity to capture, sustain, and share these emotional moments and memories for generations to come. Having made dozens of films, I have had the pleasure of accompanying so many on their personal journey, documenting their life story or the story of a loved one.




How long will the film be?


For a legacy film or a family root trip film I would recommend a film of 30-40 minutes.
It all depends on your story and on your wishes! Once we have talked about your needs, we can decide together.




Why hire a professional when I can just take videos on my phone?


Sure, we all take videos and photos on our phones, but then what? Usually they are added to a big virtual gallery that we hardly remember taking. Also, many of our privately made materials are snapshots taken in a spontaneous moment with poor light and sound conditions.
A professional filmmaker starts to plan each film way before turning the camera on. Together with you we decide who and what should be filmed and where. Imagine capturing your loved ones talking about important events and memories in a surrounding which connects best to your personal story.
With professional equipment and a thoughtful setup I will make sure that you and your loved ones come out in the best light and your audience will be all ears to your story.




Can I include my own photographs or home movies in my film?


Your old videos and photos are more than welcome and a valuable element of the storytelling. Analog photos can be either filmed or scanned in order to integrate them into your film. But please note that I am not converting analog film footage into digital. For this precious material I would recommend to use the service of a company that specializes in that. If you have any questions about this please contact me.




How do I get the film at the end?


The film will be delivered on a USB in a digital format in high quality, ready to play on any computer or big screen. In case you want to upload your film online, I can also provide you with a smaller file.




Do you serve people outside of Berlin?


Absolutely! I am a world traveler, and happy to get to different locations during the year.




I'd love to participate, but I really can't act in front of the camera...



Don't worry, you don't need to act! Just be yourself. I am there to guide you and to make sure that you and everyone in front of the camera feels as comfortable as possible. We can also repeat a recording if you are not pleased. And last but not least: it is my job on the editing table to delete all your potential thinking pauses, repetitive sentences or other situations you are not happy with.




How big is the filming team?


In most cases it will be me as the director behind the camera and a sound person. Depending on the film and the budget the team can be extended for example to: a drone pilot, a light assistant, a make up artist or whatever you might wish for. On the other hand it can also shrink to a one woman show.




How much does it cost?



Since every film is unique the pricing will be adjusted to its requirements. The final price depends on the number of filming days and locations, on how many participants take part, how big the team is and if you have any special wishes like animations, music, and so on. After a free consultation over the phone I can send you a price estimate.




What if I still have more questions?



Please don't hesitate to contact me! I will be happy to answer all your questions.




How are the recordings used? Is my film private?


You own the rights to all the material. That means your film won't be found anywhere online or elsewhere unless you want it to.
After the film is ready you can decide if I should delete the raw material from my computer or transfer all the footage on a hard drive to you.
Once the film is ready, I might ask you for permission to use a short sequence of your film as an example on my website. But be sure that I won't use any of the footage without your permission.





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