In the end, stories are all we have. Make yours last.

 

Legacy Films works closely with individuals and families to craft documentaries that will stand the test of time.

SAMPLE

As Clara Zwick approached her 100th birthday, her family wanted a way to remember her that went beyond words on a page or pictures in a book. Clara’s Legacy Film captures her story and her spirit for her family to cherish for years to come. 

 

PROCESS

It’s not a performance or an interrogation. It’s a conversation. It’s human nature.

 Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how we work:

1

One of our Legacy Films designers meets you in your home. We set up a few discreet cameras and lights to record the conversation.

2

With a few gentle prompts, you tell your story to our designer in your own words. The conversation is relaxed and intimate, with as many breaks and takes as you want.

3

Our talented team of editors spends a few months working its magic. You can suggest changes to the film after seeing a first cut.

4

The finished Legacy Film is delivered to you to distribute or archive as you wish. We’ll also provide all the uncut interview footage for your future use.

 
Frequently Asked Questions

How should I get ready?
The main preparation is living a life worth remembering, which you have already managed. If you are worried about forgetting something, writing down a few brief notes before the interview can be helpful. Preparing past this point, in our experience, can give the conversation the feeling of a performance. This is usually counterproductive.


How do you handle interruptions during filming?
The point of the filmed conversation is to capture you at your best. Thanks to the magic of editing, bathroom breaks, re-takes, lunch, or any other interruptions pose no problem to this.


Can you incorporate photos or poems into the film? Or a live performance from me?
Absolutely. 

Can you create a shorter version of the film for use in a eulogy?

Absolutely. We’ve done this for a number of clients with great success.

Do I own the final results?
Yes. Your Legacy Film is yours to share and store as you like.


Can I pick the background music?
Absolutely. But if you'd prefer us to do so, our experienced editors are happy to make an appropriate selection.


Do I have the right to delete my film in the future if I want to?
Yes. Your film is your film, to do with what you will.


Can I distribute the film digitally to friends and relatives? 
Yes. The delivery of your Legacy Film will include a password-protected link that you can give out to anyone you like.


Should I wear formal clothes for the interview?
You should dress however you feel most comfortable. Solid colors work best. 

 
 PACKAGES 

LEGACY FILM      
 

  • 15-20 minute, professionally edited Legacy Film

  • Two hours of filming

  • Integration of 10 photographs

  • Licensed background music scores 

  • Legacy Film delivered on USB drive and dedicated web address

  • Raw footage from filming delivered on USB

LEGACY FILM+      
 

  • 30-35 minute, professionally edited Legacy Film+

  • Three hours of filming

  • Integration of 20 photographs

  • Licensed background music scores 

  • Legacy Film delivered on USB drive and dedicated web address

  • Raw footage from filming delivered on USB

Looking for a customized package? We’re always ready to go the extra mile. Get in touch and start the conversation. We’re listening.

 

ABOUT

Legacy Films is an Edmonton, Alberta-based production company focused on telling stories that last. It was founded by Steven Brese after he stumbled on a cassette recording of his grandmother talking about her life, 20 years after she died. Steven was inspired at once to share the power of that experience.


Steven started Legacy Films in 2015 and has been capturing the stories of families ever since.

 

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