My maternal grandfather died when I was 11. I don’t have a lot of memories around spending time with him. I used to go to my grandparent’s apartment – and then condo – every Friday after school to celebrate the Sabbath. I would get to their place just in time to watch The Price is Right with my grandfather in his room.
Yes, they each had their own bedroom. As a child, I didn’t think twice about that setup. It was only after he was gone and the room sat untouched that I thought it was odd for married people to sleep apart.
My grandmother was devastated when her husband of almost 40 years passed away quietly in his sleep. At the funeral, she tried to throw herself into his grave, while her half-brothers and sisters pulled her away from the freshly dug earth. It was the first time I had ever seen grief so deep, and it was the first time I had ever seen an abundance of emotion from my grandmother.
I never really connected with my grandmother after that day. She withdrew into herself, waiting for her time to come. She wouldn’t talk about what she thought, or about her feelings for my grandfather, or about her life growing up. My mother and I continued to go to her condo for Friday night dinners, but the conversations were short, and not always cordial.
When my grandmother passed away in 2001, I took on the task of cleaning out her condo. Among the saved up rolls of paper towels and plastic bags, I found treasure after treasure. I was left sitting on the carpet in the master bedroom surrounded by the relics of a woman I realized I did not even know.
I had her Polish passport and her ticket from her voyage across the Atlantic to Halifax in 1929. She lied about her age and had her passport falsified so she could travel as a minor under the care of her aunt and uncle. Her parents? I have no idea what happened to them – other than the simple fact that my great-grandmother died when she was very young.
I found photos of her from a photo booth – remember those? The woman in the photos had a sparkle in her eye, and was having fun. I found a photo of her with her half-sister – two young ladies in their early 20s walking down the street in Toronto, in mid-laugh about something.
Such joy I had never seen from my grandmother. Ever.
I realized then that I knew almost nothing about my grandparents – both maternal and paternal. My own parents know very little about the histories of their parents. For many families of European Jewish decent, the stories are buried: in jewish cemeteries, in mass graves in concentration camps, in the lies of omission. Their stories are lost forever.
I missed the opportunity to learn from their experiences. After more than a decade since I lost my last grandparent, I find myself still wishing I could hear their voices.
It is so important for us to know our histories, to know where we started, to be able to hear the stories right from those who experienced them.
This was the inspiration behind the FAMILY VIDEO LEGACY.
These biographical storytelling films will document the experiences, knowledge and insights of your family members. The legacy of your family will be captured in an interview format, complete with a selection of treasured images that can be shared and cherished for generations.
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My client handed me 8 hours of video to edit with instructions to edit out all the “garbage” and create a video “not more than 45 minutes”. Would you sit down to watch a day’s worth of video clips or would you prefer a condensed, fun video of all the best moments? That’s exactly what the Baby’s First Year video is all about.
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We’ve all done it: Set the camera on a table and let it run while we opened presents. For hours.
What we were thinking? When were we ever going to watch that?
Sadly, most of us spent a great deal of time and effort recording and labelling our family video, and in the end, we never, ever watch it.
For the last 8 years, we at Digital Shoebox have spent hours poring over family video for our clients. We’ve seen the hunting trips, the vacations, the family picnics, the first steps, the Halloween costumes, and every single Christmas since 1987.
We’ve edited so many family videos into a watchable DVD – with chapters you can skip – that we can say with confidence that we always get the goods.
Families aren’t all that different in their experiences. We all react the same way when baby takes their first steps, we all have the nutty relative who hams it up every time the camera is on, we all have hours and hours of Christmas morning/afternoon/evening present exchanges.
So when you wonder if we will miss any of the good stuff when we edit your video, the answer is a confident “no”.
When we watch a decade of your family’s experiences, we know who you are and what is important.
It’s time to revisit the memories.