For the first time in 2 years I cried a little. I know, it's a long time.
A few weeks ago I was thinking about a new way to market to older customers to tell their life story at LegaSee Videos. After some brainstorming, I remembered a video my sister made for a class project back when she was at Stagg High School 20+ years ago. My sister interviewed my grandpa, Alex Dely, about his experience fighting in World War II. Within the last year, my sister has digitized a TON of my family's photos and VHS tapes. Something that if no one in your family has done, I would highly recommend. God bless my sister.
I had the faintest memory watching this video as a kid and wanted to check it out. My sister warned me it wasn't this grand video I thought it was. Keep in mind, it was a school project. She didn't have the luxury of a 4K camera in her pocket or a personal computer in the early 2000s.
My sister was right. This video was most certainly not what I thought. The framing was shaky, the audio had static in it, the story jumped all over the place, every transition had a cheesy effect, and the best part, it had the score from Titanic under it. Yes, you read that right. It's one of my sister's favorite movies, so I shouldn't be surprised.
Don't believe me? Listen to 10 seconds below and you will hear the grand score meant for Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslett. Not going to lie, I kind of like it a little.
Despite the quality of the video, it left me in tears.
My sister essentially made a legacy video before they were even really a thing. And for that, I am grateful.
To me, I had the fondest memories growing up at my grandparent's house. I would spend the night there every other weekend, play chess with my grandpa, hit baseballs in their backyard and watch White Sox games. Grandpa Dely as I called him, is the person that really got me into the White Sox at a young age and why I am such a diehard fan today. Unfortunately, my grandpa passed away mid-2005 and never got to see them win the World Series.
When you’re young, you aren't really interested in war stories. At 10-11-years-old, it’s hard to fully grasp the reality of those situations. However, listening to those stories at 30-years-old, now that my grandpa has passed, I finally understand the sacrifice and hardship. I’m amazed by all that he accomplished and went through in World War II.
Watching that video only fueled my fire to continue to build and grow LegaSee Videos. If this poor quality video can transcend decades and still provide deep connection, think of what you can do with all of the advanced tools we have today to make well-produced, cinematic videos.
More people need what I got from Grandpa - history preserved in a film. Connection is why we are all here – and it’s our stories that connect us all together. Stories need to continue on long after someone has passed away. Unvisited grave sites, scattered photos and distant memories that fade as we get older don't do a human life justice. We need to embrace the impact legacy videos can play in our family's history and connection.
So, the question I want to leave you with is how will you and your loved ones be remembered?