You don't need to have climbed Everest, or landed a plane on the Hudson, to have an “interesting” life. Everybody has a story worth telling.
When I was 18, I decided to interview my Grandma about her life. So, when she visited at Christmas, I sat her down in front of a camera and asked her some questions.
It wasn’t a beautifully composed video, but she had a great time telling all the tales from her past, and I loved listening to them.
It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Unfortunately a few years later, my Grandma had started to lose her memory, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
I wanted to help her remember her life again, so I fished out that interview I’d filmed years earlier, and decided to edit it into a proper film.
I broke out the scanner and started scanning our family photographs. I figured out how to digitise our old videotapes. I cut down the 2-hour interview into a tightly-edited 30 minutes.
I combined everything, added some background music, and was left with a really engaging short documentary, that went through all the major events in my Grandma’s life.
I was really impressed with how it all came together.