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First of all, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is C. Derick Miller and I’ve been a professional writer and freelance journalist for over a decade. In other words, I’ll be the one writing the story of your friend or loved one!
When I was first approached by “Your Stories On Video” to be their head writer, I thought the idea of loved ones making a documentary film about their friends and family members was amazing! To my knowledge, no one else on the planet is doing something like this. I can guarantee you, however, once others see what this company is capable of and the impact it has on generations, others will try to duplicate what we are doing here. Thus is the way of things, I guess.
Anyway, I’ve gotten off on a tangent. Then again, isn’t that what a good interview is all about? Touching on the “unscripted” parts? Trust me, I’ve interviewed quite a few musicians over the years in the Dallas area and none of them stuck to the script. One door always leads to another!
As I was saying, I kept my mouth shut for weeks about this. The one person I did speak to was my father. It was intense to watch his face light up as I explained exactly what we are doing here at “Your Stories On Video”. In his mind, we actually came along a couple of years too late. Allow me to explain.
My grandfather was a lifelong carpenter and fire fighter with a million stories to tell. Unfortunately, he passed on a couple of years ago and his final days were spent in a medically induced haze rather than telling stories. He was a very private, strong man who spent every waking moment of his life working, fishing, or worshipping God. I never knew that there was much else to him until I spoke with my father a few days ago. Ironically, it was Father’s Day.
My father informed me that my grandfather went off on a story telling adventure with my step mother about a week before his health took a dive. He was confessing to all kinds of private and previously unknown craziness that ranged from his childhood all the way into his adult years! He talked and the two of them laughed for hours. Luckily, my step mother was able to stealthily start the voice recorder on her cell phone without him knowing and my family has the entire session on audio.
“How amazing would that have been,” my father said, “to have that whole thing on video. Kind of like a documentary film. If only you guys existed a couple of years ago instead of just now.”
Well, as the old saying goes, it’s better late than never, right?
We are here to film the lives and stories of your friends and loved ones to be passed on for generations in a way that no one else can. We are here to help keep those memories alive for years to come and to be shared with children, grandchildren, and those yet to be born. We will help you immortalize that person in your life who deserves to live on forever.