If I may be candid, I have procrastinated creating promotional videos. My strengths are writing and interviewing, and that is the essence of what Eternal Roots is about. I care more about the substance of the questions and answers, and less about snappy promotions and graphics. I never want to distract from the stories being told by the interview subjects. However, in order to properly showcase my products, I need to turn the camera around on myself and get hands on with the products. While this is outside my comfort zone, my interview subjects are also outside their comfort zones, and they are sharing intimate details about their lives.
Today I launched a new Products page on my website. It introduces my DVD and booklet in simple and understandable terms. The page also features the video above, which showcases the booklet. I'll say this simply - I am very proud of this booklet.
I started this project solely with video production in mind. A transcribed booklet was not even on my consciousness. During the video editing process, while fading in photos to correspond with the stories, I wondered how it would look in written format. When the video was done I donned headphones and started transcribing. It was a laborious process, but when I inserted the first photo between paragraphs into the Word document, I knew I was really on to something. I sent the file to our local printer, who produced the pages on thick glossy paper, then bound the pages into a hardcover book and had a custom jacket printed. The moment I held the completed book I knew I had something special, and I needed to share it with the world. There are a handful of people in the country who have businesses similar to mine, but none of them create anything remotely like this.
Please enjoy the video and share your feedback. It's always a work in progress and subject to revision, but I want you to consider what it would mean to your family to have one of these books.
PS - While shooting this video in my backyard, I had needy cats nuzzling on my feet and meowing at me. They kept breaking my concentration and making me laugh, leading to several fails and do-overs. I finally scooped up my elder cat, named Mouse, and I spontaneously shot a clip about a Custom Catumentary. I scooped up my other cat Snickers and did a couple clips with her. They were so unplanned and unfiltered that my head was cut off in one of the clips. I spliced them together for your viewing pleasure, and so you can see I don't take myself too seriously.
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Here I write about the evolution of this project, the act of preserving life stories and personal development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.