Yes, the tutorial sheet and editing tutorial are totally free for you to download and follow, and are available to anyone. This is absolutely everything you'll need to produce your own family documentary for free.
However we recognise that not everyone will have the time, patience, or inclination to make the video themselves, and some may just want a more professional end product, so we offer 2 options, currently at a discounted price.
Despite the fact we've made TV for nearly 30 years, this is a new venture for us, and like any new venture we need clients! So whilst we get this project off the ground we're offering 2 levels of service. As you can imagine broadcast TV quality production isn't cheap, and filming and editing EXACTLY the same thing for a TV channel would have a budget of £10,000 +, but for the first 50 clients we're offering the following deals.
Option 1 - DIY following the instruction sheets and video on this website - Completely free.
Option 2 - We do everything. This involves a small camera set up at your home, or wherever suits, and an hour long interview. We film this using the same equipment we make TV programmes on, and use our experience and expertise to put your family member at ease and realise that it's really just a chat we're having! We'll have them ignoring the cameras and chatting away like there's no tomorrow. During this time they'll reveal memories about their past, some of which you probably don't even know, what was school like in their day? What was post war Britain like? What was coming to this country for the first time like? Holidays? Music? First loves? - Discounted price £1200.
Option 3 - We do some of the work. This is an option for clients who have followed our shooting guide and can supply us with an interview filmed on their phone along with the photographs. We'll take your footage and edit the photos in, again, using the same equipment we make TV programmes on, plus adding things like animated photo moves, music and graphics with name straps. - Discounted price just £600.