They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and a legacy video/memoir says as much (or more!) but in state-of-the-art digital video and audio. So, record your life. Instead of just a memory, share your legacy.
Legacy is something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor from the past. At Pixel Lustre, we preserve that in a digital way. We specialize in video recordings of your life or business story. These videos document the past, spark new conversations in the present and preserve memories for the future.
Family Documentaries capture your legacy or the life of someone you love. We combine interviews, photos, video and graphics to create a lasting legacy and a memento that future generations can enjoy.
Professional organizations' archival, educational and growth histories capture past accomplishments and contributions of the company (or an individual(s)), which create a link from the past to the present and inspire the future. We combine archival and present-day interviews; photos, video and audio content; logos and motion graphics.
Investing in this type of project accomplishes the following:
enriches the knowledge and awareness for employees and current stakeholders; shares decisions, actions, lessons learned and the reasons for carrying out certain tasks; creates an understanding of a company's culture; and fosters morale.
We follow the same basic process whether a family, historical or organizational documentary.
Sharp, witty, and full of character! Mrs. E. was approaching her 90th birthday when we recorded her history. She wanted to give the family history to her children, grandchildren, and newly born first great-grandchild and others who would come later.
There were so many valuable reasons to stroll down memory lane with her:
Interesting, organized and full wardrobe changes!
For Mr. M.'s family documentary, we combined in-depth biographies, genealogical research, photos and interviews to create a one-of-a-kind video memoir. This project was intended specifically to accompany a written memoir.
Pueblo, Colo., had grown tremendously in World War II; in the 1950s, the city needed two new high schools to accommodate for the growth. When interviewing the first principal of Pueblo South, one of these new schools, he shared his memory of the first day of classes:
“I told [the student body] how much the people of Pueblo had sacrificed in terms of taxation and the money that was invested in our brand new school ... It was really something that I felt they should be grateful for, and they had a tradition of excellence that they had inherited from the other schools that had to be not only protected, but advanced ... I said, ‘I, and all of you and all of the faculty and all of us have a responsibility, not only to do everything we can to be the best we can be, and when all that is done, we need to all reach down deep inside ourselves and come up with something extra for South.’ And somehow or another the speech made some impact because everyone responded …”
"Something Extra For South" became the motto for the school and has been for the past 62 years.
Pueblo South High Alumni Association recipient of the Pueblo County Historical Society Historic Preservation Award for video, 2019
I have been documenting and telling stories for as long as I can remember. Pixel Lustre was born out of my desire to take pieces of my past experience -- the soul of nonprofits, the fast-paced corporate world, the creativity of freelancers and small business and the heart of historical family documentaries -- and put them into a new endeavor.
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I have a VHS tape and some photos in a scrapbook that I want to use, how do I get those to you?
Whether VHS, Betamax, Hi8, MiniDV we ask for all items to be delivered to us digitally. We can provide some information on how to scan your photos or provide recommendations for companies that can convert your home movies. Conversion to the correct format would be at an additional cost.
We have very few photos and no home movies, can we still create a family documentary?
Yes! Some families do not have additional footage or only have a few photos. That’s okay! We’ve incorporated family trees, old documents, newspaper articles or simply the interview of the individual. Each project is unique and there are no specific requirements, but all can be special.
We have an old audio recording. Can we do anything with that?
We are happy to discuss what other media you have and how we can create a memorable treasure out of those items. For instance, if you also have photos, we can edit those together with your audio to create a visual piece.
Do you require a deposit? How should I plan to pay?
For payment, we ask for a percentage when we sign the agreement, another payment on the day of the shoot, and the remainder when we deliver the final edit.
Are your services limited to the Denver area, or would your team be willing to travel?
Have camera, will travel. We are not limited to the Denver area and are happy to discuss the logistics of where your loved one is located and any additional costs associated with travel.
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We are happy to explore and discuss your unique needs if they fall outside of the scope of what’s defined here. After all, did your life come with a manual?