Can you tell a family story in a minute or less?
Discovering and sharing family stories is what RootsTech is all about. Families across the world are full of unique experiences, and each has a story to tell. When we share our stories with others, we grow closer together. All are strengthened as we learn from the past and gain hope for the future. This year, RootsTech wants to share your treasured family stories by compiling short videos of families across the globe telling stories about family bonding moments.
What Kind of Stories Should I Share?
We’re searching for videos of people sharing their family stories during their everyday lives. The ideal videos will capture a teaching or bonding moment between family members through sharing a family story, lesson, or memory. For example, you could record a mother sharing a childhood memory as she prepares a dinner recipe from her family heritage. Or you could capture a father sharing a story of a father as he tucks his child into bed at night. You could record a grandparent sharing a memory of his or her youth at a family gathering. The possibilities are endless!
How to Get Involved:
- Upload a short video of you or a family member sharing a treasured family history anecdote by clicking the link below.
- All videos must be less than 60 seconds long—the shorter the better.
- Video footage must be shot in landscape rather than portrait. If you’re filming on a smart phone, turn it sideways.
- Your video could be featured during a keynote speaker address at the 2016 RootsTech conference!
Deadline for submission is January 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
Tips for Capturing Good Video Footage
- If you’re using a smart phone, hold the phone 1–3 feet from the speaker to capture the best audio.
- Hold the camera still. Don’t try to pan across the room.
- Limit background noise as much as possible.
Need some examples? Check out the videos below.
To submit your video, click the Submit a Video link below. Remember, the deadline for submitting your video is January 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.