Welcome to the First Home Movie Legacy Newsletter!
Home movies are our national treasure. They are time machines that capture the stories of our lives as individuals, families and as a people with a shared history and culture. The home movie camera has recorded the annals of our lives and those of our ancestors. There are millions of feet of 16mm, 8mm and super 8mm film (and many thousands of hours of video tapes). There are big stories to tell about the people, who they were, what they did and where they traveled. You can peek in and see the preface to the story on almost every reel. These frames are meant to delight audiences large and small! It’s all up to you and your imagination.
Weather you’re a filmmaker looking at new ways to create a compelling story using found footage, a family memory keeper, archivist or historian Home Movie Legacy want to be your GO TO resource for moving old media into your digital life. Our expertise comes from running Pro8mm, a company that has specialized in the scanning of these film and video formats for over 40 years for moguls and the masses. We can help you tell your story!
The mission of Home Movie Legacy is to offer resources, information and inspiration to families and filmmakers to tell compelling stories with legacy footage. Weather you want to learn about cool things you could and should do with your home movies, organize, digitize or monetize all those formats, or a filmmaker wanting to make a documentary from a story inspired from archival reels, we are here to help! – Rhonda Vigeant
Les Brown, world famous motivational speaker interviews Rhonda Vigeant about the importance of home movies and best practices to archive, preserve and bring them into your digital life!
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Out of the Archives: The History of the Eagles
Our company, Pro8mm is so grateful that we get to have a hand in preserving the legacy of so much material that has shaped American culture! It has been about four years since we first had reels and reels of home movies from The Eagles brought in to be scanned on our Millennium II HD scanner. Now, the finished film is a Sundance 2013 winner, has been on Showtime, and is available to purchase or download!
“NEVER BEFORE SEEN” is the catch phase I love when a new documentary comes on the scene! See home movies shot on the tour bus. A story of the 1970’s. A story of an American band and music in Southern California! A rare glimpse behind the scenes of a very private band! Time to tell their story while the past 40 years were still fresh in their mind the band proclaims!
Our weekly podcast is on fire! The Home Movie Legacy Project: Exposing “REEL” solutions to create a media legacy that lives! We interview “reel” people telling their stories as well as experts who will give you fantastic tips on how to organize, digitize, share on social media and even monetize your legacy footage!
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We already have 13 shows you can download for your listening pleasure! From compelling stories of things discovered in peoples archive, to how to sell your stuff as stock footage, have a successful crowd funding campaign, photo organizing, keeping the analog arts alive, a journey is self discovery and transformation from Viet Nam, stories of Mental Illness, and the popular Kemp Family; community filmmaking and how and why a famous ASC Cinematographer recreates “home movies” for his major TV movies and so much more. Each show wraps with a tech talk featuring Phil Vigeant who expertly helps you to sort out format challenges in moving your old material into your digital life!
Coming Attractions For April You Won’t Want to Miss:
April 10: The Story of Amen Ra: When My Sorrow Died – with Matt Huffman
April 17: Your Film and Photos For Outside The Box Marketing – Craig Duswalt
April 24: As I Knew Him….My Dad, Rod Serling – with Anne Serlin
Subscribe in iTunes. Give us a review. Do you have a story or expertise to share with our audience? Email me Rhonda@homemovielegacy.com
Rhonda’s Book Launch, Get ‘REEL” About Your Home Movie Legacy…Before It’s Too Late!
We had a great book launch in Burbank, along with a drawing for a free home movie transfer. Get some “reel ” inspiration on how to be head of your own studio and DO SOMETHING with your family films.
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TRANSFER YOUR HOME MOVIES TO DVD
As a person passionate about raising the consciousness about why home movies are so important and wanting to share with people what I have learned, I can’t help but think about how much information there is on the internet from transfer houses about preservation and archiving your home movies that is not entirely correct. First and foremost is that a DVD does NOT preserve your film. A DVD is only a copy of your original film master by which you can easily watch your home movies. The quality of a DVD is far inferior to what is on your original film. You cannot easily edit a DVD transfer. More and more people understand that they can share their films in so many fabulous ways when they are properly encoded as computer files, put on a hard drive that you can then plug into your computer. You can edit them and make compelling little stories by theme, upload clips on FaceBook, have a family YouTube Channel, download them to your iPad, and so much more. Watch this video and learn more about this topic. Email me with your questions or comments! Rhonda@homemovielegacy.com