The greatest gifts we can ever give to our children are
memories, just as we cherish what our parents and grandparents had
to say to us. These are amongst the most prized of any possessions.
AND MEMORY HEALTH
People with dementia tend to be able to
recollect the past easier than they do of more recent events. However, they
usually feel a sense of anxiousness about not wanting to forget the past.
Most become happier when they share
memories of the past. This can help them retain a sense of who they are and what
their purpose in life has been.
Talking about old photographs and
souvenirs will usually be a delight to them. This is the time to
capture their recollections on video, which will assist them in subsequent years to
remember past events and potentially help delay long term memory loss.
Unfortunately, as Dementia progresses, long term memory will also fade.
Therefore, it is important to capture memories while these are still retained.
The easiest and most compelling way is by using a video camera or cameras with a
relaxed interview process that prompts memory, such as talking about old photos
and documents. Unlike a written biography or autobiography, video is brilliantly
“true to life” and can be done in a far shorter timeframe.
BEING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA
Many people are apprehensive about appearing in front of a camera and choose the
path of a written biography instead.
Here are other methods that can be used while still retaining the immense
benefit that video provides:
- Narration only: The story is narrated by a person who would otherwise appear
in front of a camera. Visuals consist of old photos, old movies and/or video
clips and documents in support of the narration.
- Third party only: A family member or third party narrator tells the story,
supported by content such as the above, perhaps with some "on camera" interviews
with the person whose life story is being told.
We partner with you and/or designated family members to achieve the most
comfortable method. We are Los Angeles based, but are able to travel to almost
Utmost discretion is taken to preserve confidentiality. We sign a Non Disclosure
Agreement (N.D.A.). However, if the intention is to create a documentary life
story that is to be released publicly, we are able to create and help promote a
highly professional life documentary. We achieved this for movie actress Nancy
Kwan through our Associate company, Redwind Productions Inc*. Link to the
trailer on our site here. or visit:
*TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: KA SHEN’S JOURNEY was
produced and directed by Brian Jamieson, co-director of Across Time.
RECEIVING AND GIVING BACK
Lfe is our greatest gift. Therefore, preserving life's memories is our
greatest gift for others. This is what most of us are faced with:
"I just so wish I could see and hear my parents again, talking to me,
talking to anyone. I have distant memories. These are fading. I just want to see
and hear them again. I remember vaguely, but exactly how did they sound back
then? How did they really look when they were happy, when they were sad? What
sort of things did they say that they wanted remembered from their own life
experiences? What was life really like when they were younger, and what were
some of the stories they told that I've since forgotten? I am part of them. If
only I could go across time and be with them again, even if briefly. If only
that gift was available to me now”.
THE ULTIMATE SADNESS
It is a sad reality that most people, once they die, will be largely forgotten
after a few decades. Their life will fade from distant memory to nothing more
than a few faded photographs that may still be in someone's possession. Written
accounts can last longer, but will eventually disappear because of reliance on
the medium of paper. Eventually, their intriguingly wonderful lives and purpose
in living will be lost forever, other than a name in a record book somewhere.
The ultimate sadness is that this is the destiny of every living person who does
not act to change this now.
THE ULTIMATE OPPORTUNITY
For the first time in human history it is now possible to preserve memories
through the wonderful digital medium of "true to life" video. In this digital
age, videos can now be preserved and passed on through generations to come.
There is no deterioration or loss of quality. Future generations will be
rewarded with vividly clear visual and sound biographies / autobiographies. You
cannot achieve this by writing a book or diary, even if these could be
ultimately preserved, which they cannot. When a loved one dies, they remain in
our minds, but not in our sight. Video changes that. Imagine the thrill of being
able to see your great-grandparents crossing time and talking to you on a
biography video today! This is precisely what you can give to your descendants,
and we make it so very easy for you to achieve this
code, which is used in today’s DVD videos, will be easily transferrable to any
1. At Acrosstime.com we provide comprehensive advance guidance for achieving a
Life story video, Legacy video, Video biography, Autobiography video, or Family
history video, including reference to how others have gone about doing this, and
suggestions on methods that might work best for you.
2. We provide guidance on how to relax in the presence of a camera, and
interview alternatives for achieving this.
3. We provide options for the video interview, including examples of “prompt
questions” to consider and detailed information on how to structure these into a
sequence of life’s timeline, or life chapters.
4. We provide guidance on selecting supporting material, photos and documents
that you would like within the story, an ideal inclusion for all Life story
videos, Legacy videos, Video autobiographies, or a Biography video. If a Video
package is chosen, we scan (“digitalize”) support material to be used as part of
the end-result DVD video presentation.
4. We edit the story. We assemble all “footage” and supporting photos/documents
into a timeline sequence as part of our editing process, and then professionally
edit everything into an agreed storyline.
5. We deliver a professional DVD (plus copies you wish to have) in a photo
illustrated box cover. The DVD starts with a menu, enabling either the whole DVD
to be played, or navigation directly to selected chapters. An additional
archival DVD is provided in a protective metal container.
1. Using detailed guidelines we provide, you decide upon the type of story and
how it should be told. For example, a sequential “life timeline”, or important
life milestones and personal characteristics, perhaps with a concluding special
message across time to the future.
2. Using an extensive list of sample prompt questions we provide, you develop a
list of prompts and photos that you know will assist your parent, grand parent,
or yourself, to recall and talk about the various parts of the story.
3. You select supporting material to be included within the video alongside the
narration. These are visual aids that support anything that is being referred to
by the narrator.
4. You choose a suitable location for the video photography to take place. Most
people prefer this to be done in the comfort of familiar surroundings, such as
in their own home.
5. You or your parent (the subject being interviewed) consider and select a
preferred style in which to convey the story. Decide if you wish to be fully on
camera being interviewed, or narration only using e.g., photos and occasional
footage of yourself. The most relaxing method is not to look into the camera,
but instead answer pre-prepared (prompt) questions to a family member, or one of
us, and talk about old photos placed on a coffee table in front of you.
6. Select a video package if you find one that suits your needs. Otherwise, you
have complete flexibility to change or tailor our sample packages.