The Process of Building Your Story

Your story is authentic which is why there are no two projects alike. The below process is a general overview of the steps to expect from start to finish.

Get a Free Consultation before starting your video project

1. Free Consultation

Either over the phone, email or over a freshly brewed cup of coffee, we discuss the vision and main storyline of your project and identify the people you wish to be interviewed. We review the filming location(s) and roughly create a questionnaire to help guide the interview process.

Review Pricing Proposal and Pricing

2. Pricing Proposal Review & Deposit

The costs associated with the project are outlined and provided to you for your review. 

Once approved and a contract is signed, a 50% deposit is required to secure the booking and interview dates. The initial deposit covers upfront costs associated with the interview, such as equipment rentals, etc.

What to expect in a Pre-Production Meeting

3. Pre-Production Meeting

In person, we go through the final list of questions along with the footage that you’d like to include. Once we’ve established the overall theme of the project and the questions are approved, we create a list of photographs, memorabilia (letters, postcards), and/or home videos that we will incorporate into the story. Feeling a bit nervous? Don’t be! I provide my clients with some suggestions on best practices to help them look and feel their best on the day of the shoot.

The Day of the Shoot Best Practices

4. The Day of the Shoot

Early in the morning I arrive at your home or location of choice to setup and configure equipment and stage a set using objects found in the environment. We do a run down of the questions and sit down for an interview. Lights, camera, action! I can do the interview in either English or Russian. Afterwards, I film secondary footage and I collect from you the pictures/videos to include in the final edit.

Review First Draft of Your Family Story

5. Review First Draft

Depending on the requirements and type of project, the editing process can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks. For corporate videos, the editing process is under two weeks. Once the first edit of your project is produced, you have a chance to review it and request small changes. The process is not over until you give your final blessing.

Project deliverables and final payment

6. Deliverables & Final Payment

The anticipated moment has come. I have the honour of presenting you with a keepsake box which contains your movie on a DVD and USB, any memorabilia that you’d lent me, including your scanned and retouched photographs that were used in the film.

Share your life story with your family

7. Share with Your Family

The exciting part! Gather your family on a special day and reveal your story. Watch your family go through various emotions as they take in the amazing stories of your life.

Tissues are not included.


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