I am so pleased with the response to Life Stories so far. Magic is clearly in the air ♥! So many of you instantly understand what we are trying to do with this site and a lot of you who are much more techie than me have made some great suggestions. I look forward to many brainstorming sessions. For now, though, the priority is to do the basics – i.e film the interviews and respond to the numerous people who have contacted us since we launched just 3 weeks ago. I am currently filming quite a few people (squeezed in between other work commitments) and will upload them as soon as the edits are done. It takes while: we do a pre-interview, then go back and film a week or so later, then go into the edit and then do the compressing for online uploading. Not forgetting still pics, captioning and writing a text box summary of the interviewee’s life.
In two weeks time cameraman/editor Peter Greenwall and I will be interviewing 102 year old Dory Bowles who is so bright and clear and marvellous. A simple and powerful human being who has led a quiet and amazingly contributive life and is an inspiration to us all. Her daughter Janet contacted me and Peter accompanied me to the pre-interview. We both completely fell in love with her as I am sure you will when her interview is posted within the next month.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS ?
Max Kaisen, in her comment on our BLOG PAGE, describes a bizarre take on digitally preserving memories. A company is embedding radio frequency tags onto headstones:
This is crazy stuff, and not quite my scene but it did grab me because, like it or not, it falls into the category of keeping the detail of our lives on record using the very latest technology. The next step is obvious: embedding video into gravestones (with colour co-ordinated burglar bars protecting the flat-screen mini TV’s if you live in S.A). Embedding video into headstones is totally the kind of thing I would do. In fact I think it’s brilliant! (read ‘trademark‘). If there is a creative venture capitalist reading this, lets talk. Rather than purely detail we could add an ‘If have learnt one thing’ comment as a mandatory ending to all our interviews (no pun intended).
LIFE STORIES PRIVACY OPTIONS
In his comment on our HOME PAGE ‘Rob’ flagged an important issue: The question of privacy. We are working on a way to offer online privacy so that those of you who want your videos posted on this site but only available to selected viewers will be able to do this. You will have a code that you can email to anyone on your privacy list. It’s in the works …
I hope, however, that those of you who commission interviews from LIFE STORIES recognise how important each and every life is as part of the broader historical record and that the lessons and meaning they offer to people might be more powerful than your desire for privacy. All lives are important and worth sharing. We come into this life for a reason and the detail and experience of our journey are, by their very nature, contributive. The good, the ‘bad’, the sad, and the glad. Just a thought …