Organization's Story FAQs

What if our CEO, President, Board Members, or employees are not good speakers?
What if someone says something they really don’t want anyone to hear?
How much does it cost?
Why do we need a TimeScape to interview our people? Wouldn’t it just be better to tape them ourselves?
Why can’t we just write down my organization’s history? Why do we need a video?
What if we want something changed?
How long does it take to make?
How do I know this will be around 10, 20 or 100 years from now?

What if our CEO, President, Board Members, or employees are not good speakers?
The stories your people tell don’t have to be memorized because they are part of them. If they stumble it can be edited out. We’ll only present them at their best. We also have professional talent coaches to help with the interview, questionnaires that will help your people organize their thoughts, and professional narrators who can assist in telling their story. Back to top

What if someone says something they really don’t want anyone to hear?
We’ll review the tape with them after the interview. If they say something they regret, we’ll erase it on the spot and it will be gone for good. Anything they tell us is confidential and will not be repeated without permission. Back to top

How much does it cost?
The price depends upon how much time is required. Fully produced documentaries can cost several thousand dollars depending upon your requirements. See our pricing sheet to get a better idea. If you can’t afford a fully produced documentary right now, consider using our services to record and preserve the interviews with your senior people now. Back to top

Why do we need a TimeScape to interview our people? Wouldn’t it just be better to tape them ourselves?
We’re outsiders to your organization. So your people are more likely to tell us details about stories they might skip for other organization members. That makes the story more complete and understandable for future generations. Working with professional journalists also gives your story more credibility.
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Why can’t we just write down my organization’s history? Why do we need a video?
Writing is good, and can be done in tandem with the video. We can help you there too. But video — and particularly a DVD with Story Tree Technology— is more likely to be viewed now than a book. A video also conveys things a book never could – a laugh, the twinkle of an eye, the things that make someone unique. Back to top

What if we want something changed?
Thanks to computers, video editing is now like word processing. Our skilled editors can make most changes in minutes. You’ll have many opportunities to make changes as the project progresses. Back to top

How long does it take to make?
It depends on what you want done. A simple project (interview with minimal production) can be done in a matter of days. A more production-intensive project (half-hour documentary with multiple interviews, music, effects, archival pictures, etc.) will take several weeks. Back to top

How do I know this will be around 10, 20 or 100 years from now?
Unlike photographs, videotapes and written documents, a TimeScape DVD is digital. It can be duplicated repeatedly without degrading the content. While technology may always change (remember vinyl records and beta tapes?) digital content can always be copied to the new technology without losing any resolution. TimeScape also works with local historical societies and libraries to archive a copy of your history so future generations can always find it. Back to top

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