As a documentary filmmaker and video journalist, I've learned that everyone truly does have a story -- and an interesting one at that -- if it’s told in the right way. I can help you tell a story. I would like the opportunity to make a biographical video to fit your subject and your budget.
Do you have a family member you would like to see featured in a documentary film? Perhaps you'd like to have a tribute film to be shown at an anniversary, retirement, or recognition event.
Is there a special place, such as a family home, farm, cabin or business, that has a story to tell? Using photos, home movies, and video interviews, I'll make a film that will preserve the history of this place.
Send me an email at email@example.com and let's talk about your idea for a film.
My prices for these projects are based on a estimate of the number of hours it takes to:
shoot the video with the subject (usually 2-3 sessions of about 1.5 - 2 hours each)
edit the video, making use of any family photos or home video you can provide
make adjustments in the video for visual (color) and audio quality and consistency
Generally speaking, for a one-hour film, my price would be in the $1,700 to $2,000 range.
Included in the finished product would be “improved” digital copies of any photos that I (or you) scan and that I use in the film, 5 copies of the film on DVD (standard definition), and I will post the film in high definition on a streaming service (such as Vimeo) “unlisted”, so that you can control who watches it.
View some of my biographic documentary videos
Scroll down this page to see some of the videos I've done about people. You'll see that there are a variety of ways to tell someone's story. Whether you take the time to watch all of these videos, or just look at clips from each one, I hope you get a sense for my filmmaking style and think about ways I could use my skills to make a family or biographical video for you.
Gratefulness: Madeline Titus
Here's a short film I made about Madeline Titus, my daughter's piano teacher. It was shown at the Minnesota Historical Society's "Greatest Generation Film Festival" in 2008. Madeline died before the film was was finished. Her family was grateful to have this video made during the last year of her long life. (10 min.)
In October of 2009 I met Casey Gauntt by chance at a small town festival in West Virginia. He told me his heart-wrenching -- and ultimately hopeful -- story of how he, his father, and his son will forever be connected by the little town of Coalwood, WV. Casey's incredible story of unlikely encounters and reconnected relationships became a short film called "The Letter". Casey and his family were very pleased with the film.
"Steve presented our family with this incredible gift: his film The Letter. I really can’t believe he did it. This isn’t the easiest of subject matters—understatement—and this wasn’t simply a brief brush—in and out— with our family and our pain. Steve took the leap from the high-dive and became completely submerged with us in our new reality for over eighteen months." (10 min.)
After watching this video, please visit the Gauntt family's website dedicated to one of the key subjects of the story. It's called "Write Me Something Beautiful" and it's a beautiful and inspiring website. www.writemesomethingbeautiful.com
Grace Corrigan keeps daughter Christa McAuliffe's mission alive
Grace Corrigan lived through a horrible tragedy that is difficult to imagine. On January 28, 1986, she and her husband watched as the spacecraft that was to carry her daughter Christa McAuliffe into space, exploded shortly after launch, killing all aboard. It was broadcast live on national TV and the world watched with her in disbelief and shock.
I met Grace in 2007, during an unlikely set of circumstances with a Minneapolis teachers group. I was lucky to spend many hours and days in her company of the next few years. She is an amazing woman. I made this video for MinnPost.com on the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. (7 min)
An Actor's Life: Bob Davis
Here's a biographical documentary I did about Bob Davis, a longtime actor at the esteemed Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. It originally ran as a 3-part series in MinnPost, an online news site in the Twin Cities. (20 min.)
KALPULLI: Susana DeLeon's Learning Community
This is a tribute video about Susana DeLeon, a Minneapolis attorney who leads the Ketzal Coatlicue Aztec Dance group. Susana is a community leader and activist who believes she can help build a strong community through the artistic, athletic, and spiritual Danza Azteca. (7 min.)
If you're interested in finding out more about what I can do for you and your family. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk. I look forward to working with you.
- Steve Date
Steve Date Video and Photography
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