Life Story projects

Frequently Asked Questions

Life Story Interviews

What is a Life Story Interview?

Your life story in your words, on camera. We come to your home or office with a lean TV-quality film crew and interview you about your life—growing up, finding your path to success, lessons learned, wisdom gained, and values you want to share. A few weeks later, we deliver your interview, beautifully edited with archival photos and music. Click here to see a sample clip of our Life Story Interview with Unni, who grew up in Nazi-occupied Norway during World War II.

How long will the  interview take?

Typically, 90 minutes to two hours. That said, we’re happy to do longer or shorter.

How many people will be interviewed?

That’s your choice. Some people prefer solo interviews. Others like to include a spouse and/or children to join them for part of the interview. 

Will I have editorial control?

Yes. You will review multiple versions of the filmed interview and tell us what you want changed. You have control every step of the way.

What will be the length of the completed video?

You tell us the length you prefer. Some clients want their Life Story Interviews edited to 20 or 30 minutes; others want a full two hours. 

Am I guaranteed confidentiality?

Yes, we work with many private people, with utmost discretion. We guarantee discretion, and will, if you wish, sign a confidentiality agreement.

How much will my video cost?

Pricing depends on the number of interviews, locations, and format. Our projects start at $35,000. 

How and when will I receive my completed Life Story Interview?

We will deliver your final video via a digital link a few weeks later.

Life Story Books

What is a Life Story Book?

A Life Story Book is a memoir or family book that captures the story of a well-lived life (or lives) and the lessons and wisdom and values that come with it. It is your definitive chronicle of your life— researched, written, designed, and custom-published in your chosen format. 

Why would I do a Life Story Book?

Many people publish Life Story Books for loved ones—to share with family and pass on to next generations. Some people publish their book for a broader audience and, with our help, sell their book on Amazon.com and via their own sales website.

How do I create my Life Story Book?

We start with a phone call to assess your goals. Then, writer Pattie Sellers or Nina Easton (who have spent their entire careers telling stories of prominent people) come to your home or office—or meet with you via Zoom or another virtual platform—to interview you about your life.  Meanwhile, we ask you about your desired format—the book’s size, cover, design—and collect photos you want to include.

How long will the interviews take?

Typically, we interview you for 10 to 12 hours to produce a Life Story Book of 100 pages or more. We will be happy to interview other people, if you wish.

Will I have editorial control?

Yes. You will review multiple drafts of the book and tell us what you want changed. You have control every step of the way.

 Am I guaranteed confidentiality?

Yes, we work with many private people, with utmost discretion. We will, if you wish, sign a confidentiality agreement.

How much will my Life Story Book cost?

The price depends on the number of interviews, locations, and the length and format of your book. Life Story Books start at $50,000.

When will I receive my completed book?

Typically, the entire process—including research, interviews, writing, design, and publication—takes six months or less.

How much will my book cost?

Pricing depends on the number of interviews, locations, and format. Our projects start at $35,000.

Do you publish books?

Amazon.

Do you create websites?

Yes. Here is a sample of one book.

Modern Family Portraits

What is a Modern Family Portrait?

Each year, we come to your home with a TV-quality film crew, interview you and other family members on camera, and capture memories from your daily lives. Within months, you receive a 10- to 30-minute family film, including photos and music. Hair and make-up services are included upon request. 

How many years does a Modern Family Portrait continue? 

This is up to you! Whatever you decide, this annual family film is a unique and everlasting gift, recording treasured family moments and showing children as they grow up

How much of my time does this take?

We’re flexible. Typically, we spend two or three days filming. We don’t interrupt your routine—we capture family life as it really is—and we catch you for a sit-down interview at your convenience. 

How many people will be interviewed?

That’s your choice. Typically, we interview parents and children.

How many locations?

You choose where you want us to shoot—your home, a local park, dance class, or any other place you and your family frequent.

How and when will I receive my completed Modern Family Portrait?

Your final video arrives via digital link within three months of the shoot.

Am I guaranteed confidentiality?

Yes, we work with many private people, with utmost discretion. We will, if you wish, sign a confidentiality agreement.

How much will my video cost?

The price depends on the number of interviews, locations, and length of your film. Our projects start at $75,000. 

When will I receive my completed book?

Typically, the entire process—including research, interviews, writing, design, and publication—takes six months or less.

How much will my book cost?

Pricing depends on the number of interviews, locations, and format. Our projects start at $35,000.

Do you publish books?

Amazon.

Do you create websites?

Yes. Here is a sample of one book.