A life story film is a 30-minute film featuring images from family albums, interviews with your loved one and family members, accompanied by their favourite music tracks! Check out some of the Life Story films we have created here.
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer funded Life Story Films at the moment. If you would like to express interest in a future Life Story Film, please fill our this enquiry form here.
Whilst we work on assigning a filmmaker, it is really useful for the family to start preparing for the film. You should start discussing stories and collecting the material to be used in different sections throughout the film. The sections are usually organised by significant life events like Childhood, Youth, Jobs, Sport, Travel, Marriage, Children, Grandchildren, and Hobbies. You should also think about music tracks, selecting personal favourites which have significance at different times throughout the Life Story.
The filmmaker meets the family at home and has a conversation to get to know the person who is living with dementia and what they might want in the film. It is up to the main character of the film (or a close family member) to determine what parts of their lives they/you wish to remember and celebrate. The filmmaker will help the family look through the material collected, and will agree on up to 10 chapters covering key aspects of the person’s life.
The filming day is planned carefully with the family, all depending on how active and fit the person with dementia is. The main interview should ideally be the subject of the film speaking either on their own or accompanied by a family member. If agreeable, further interviews with other family members and friends will be filmed afterwards.
Once all materials are collected and the interviews completed, the filmmaker starts the editing process to create a unique Life Story film package. The first edit is then shared with the family and their feedback is used to finalise the film.
The films are made into DVDs and delivered at a special premiere several weeks after filming. This occasion is a great opportunity to bring friends and family together to watch the film for the first time and to celebrate the life of the person at the heart of the story. The films will also be available on a password-protected website, so they can be downloaded and watched on any digital device.
We have a number of grant-funded programmes, often focused on specific geographic areas, from which we can assign funding for anyone who is keen to have a Life Story film. Where funding is not available, there may be other options, including self-funding.