Last week we talked about a brainstorming activity to help you write your ethical will. This week I’d like to talk about how you can start a new tradition. A holiday video ethical will entry.
Since video technology has matured the price of digital video equipment has dropped significantly. This means that most families have at least one person that has a digital video camera that they can bring to your holiday family get togethers. If you can wrangle up a video camera this holiday, then plan to film video entries from each member of your family.
A holiday family video diary can be a great way to remember what was happening in the lives of your family during a specific year. To set up the video entries you will want a chair that is set up in a quiet corner of your home, a floor lamp to add extra light to the scene, a tripod and a video camera. Bring each person to the chair individually and try to keep the other people at your home away from the filming. This will cut down on background noise. You can either just let the person talk about what is going on in their life, or you can have a list of questions that you ask them to answer. Having stock questions ready to go will help you get your family members to open up.
After everyone has filmed their entry you can edit the entries together, add background music and sound effects and burn it onto a DVD. If you film the entries on Christmas Eve you can show the edited DVD after Christmas dinner. So how does this relate to an ethical will? Well, what is an ethical will? It is just a collection of memories and ideologies that you want to share with your loved ones, and this is what the holiday DVD project was all about.
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