I don’t know about you, but when I was young I HATED going to visit my granny or any other. Or any other family member over the age of twenty. I thought it was interminably boring. I just wanted to go and play, or even better, watch TV. I couldn’t have cared less about who did what or who said what to whom.
Oh, how times change things! As I have aged and especially now that I have a family of my own, I now recognise and have a much deeper need to know my family history so that my son can know his roots. I now love hearing the family stories (hopefully with a good dollop of scandal) and looking back through old photographs that give me an insight to how my mother, my grandmother and great-grandmother lived. I am often awestruck thinking about how swiftly things have changed – both in regards to technology and people’s attitudes. Things were very different for many as little as 60 years ago – but that’s a whole other blog topic!
Oh, how I wish now that I had listened more attentively to those old stories! My Grandmother has long since passed away and there is many a time when I wish I could sit down with her over a nice cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich and listen to her talk about ‘the old days’.
Imagine, then, my delight when a chap whose desire to preserve family history through creating a legacy for future generations came into my life!
One of the greatest inventions of my generation is The Internet (if you are a millennial reading this, ‘The Internet’ is very new – it only came into widespread use well after I had started my career!). The internet can be a wonderful thing. It was where I met Jeremy Hughes (through a neighbourhood community social media site) of MyChildhoodFilm.com. He was searching for a video editor and to cut a long story short, I got the gig.
Jeremy is a psychologist, counsellor and psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in the NHS, Counselling Services and Private Practice. His passion for listening to people’s stories developed through his client work, and the realisation that our childhoods not only shape and define us, but that they also contain fascinating and valuable insights into what life was really like for earlier generations.
MyChildhood Film enables you to capture the story of your (or one of your relatives) childhood on film thus enabling you to create a treasured family heirloom, and a valuable historic record for future generations. The sad truth is that if we don’t listen to these wonderful stories of our personal histories whilst our ageing relatives are here to tell us, often they die untold.
The idea is that you (or your family member) will be the star of the film, and a professional interviewer will guide you through the whole process. The film will include photographs, and the final production which will include an introduction and credit sequence will be delivered to you in a format that can be viewed on either your TV, phone or computer.
The great thing about MyChildhood Film is that your personal movie can be shot either at the home of the ‘star’ (whoever is telling their story) or at their studio in Berkshire.
Our childhoods are precious and shape the adults we become. Our historic family stories are important and worth preserving – they are the back stories of our own movies. The memories that they contain are unique and highly personal illustrating and that help us to understand the way in which we view our worlds.
I am so excited and blessed to be working with Jeremy at MyChildhood Film helping to preserve precious memories for generations to come.
Melanie Perry is the owner of Poppy Perry Media, a Cookham based business specialising in video, audio and graphic production for small businesses. As well as owning her own business she is passionate about sport and is an Award Winning radio presenter with the multi-Award winning local radio station Wycombe Sound 106.6FM where she presents The Tuesday Night Sports Show. Thanks
“I know what it is like when you are just starting out as an entrepreneur when every penny counts” she says. “I produce quality production pieces for an affordable cost for start-ups and small businesses who don’t have the technical ability, time, or both to do these things for themselves. I deliberately keep my prices as low as I can to support small businesses on their journey to success”.
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