The LIFE STORIES PROJECT was developed in August 2010 by South African based broadcast journalist and former history teacher Lisa Chait. And as with all good things, it started close to home …
In 1993 Lisa filmed an interview with her grandfather Jacob Spilkin, then aged 88. The footage was placed on VHS tape (remember those?) and family members received copies. Then, as technology changed, they received DVD’s (most exciting!). Jacob died aged 94 in 1999, but a priceless record of his life and personality had been captured. The family was so pleased that they had made the effort to keep Jacob’s stories alive…
Then, in 2010, Lisa decided placed her grandfather’s story online so that family and friends around the world could enjoy it instantly. She also wanted the benefit of an online archival backup and to make the content available to others for research. Suddenly family members and interested parties from around the world were contacting Lisa to say they had known Jacob or had simply loved watching him share his story. You can watch it too! right here.
And so, the idea of creating a website and providing the service to others was born. Lisa determined to use only the best professional camera people and editors and also to expand the offering to audio recordings, textual interviews and transcriptions.
The LIFE STORIES PROJECT has been providing these services to happy clients ever since. Here’s some feedback
Lisa says: ‘One cannot begin to imagine the value of future generations seeing their ancestors sharing their Life Stories on film, or being able to watch and listen to them online long after they have passed on. Of course the trick is to record these stories now before it is too late.’
MORE ABOUT LISA
Lisa spent 10 years as a radio talk show host where she honed her interviewing skills and deepened her interest in life journeys. She has researched and produced numerous TV documentaries and was a member of the international team interviewing Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation Visual History Project. Lisa is a co-producer, writer and presenter of the South African television series I Am Woman – Leap of Faith.