ABOUT US

Where we come from and why we do this.

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We are storytellers who facilitate conversations and provoke memories so that we can capture them in action and produce short films that MEAN something. We really believe that everyone has a great story that needs to be told – and we can help you tell it.

The team at Media Time Capsule consists of  graphic designers, photographers, videographers, but most importantly, people willing to listen. We know only a couple things: People need to know they are remembered, and people need to know their lives have meaning. We help them come to the understanding of both. Through our methodology, we can help people tell the story they want remembered.

Damian P. Hanley founder

The son of a lively Italian and Irish family, filmaker, photographer, and writer Damian P. Hanley was born in Cherry Hill, NJ. He studied at Loyola University of New Orleans, and found the city’s unique characters a catalyst for the artistic combination of technical study and storytelling that developed as hallmarks of his work.

Damian’s true skill is capturing the essence of real people’s lives in the media he’s made his passion. He has contributed to several publications and non-profit organizations as a staff, freelance, and contract photographer and writer since 2002.

Over the course of his career, Damian has contributed as a photographer to some 100 biopic interviews, films and articles, as well as to a number of personal “media time capsules” he’s developed to preserve the stories of people’s life experiences. His stories have included “The South Side, of Jamaica,” A Spice Journey Through India,” “The Real Cost of Education in the Jungle,” and “The Women that Will Lead Tomorrow.” He has also helped publish several biographical and documentary pieces, and has worked on production teams in Panama, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and India.

Producing studio quality films to share the story of folks ranging from FBI agents to third-world refugees has taught Damian one thing above all: Every person’s story matters, and the fabric of our world is knit more tightly than we imagine. This is the purpose behind Media Time Capsule, and our belief in the importance of this connection drives us in everything we do.

I started Media Time Capsule because, throughout my career, I’ve found that people often come to a critical moment in their lives – and they’re struck with the reality that no one really knows them – not their spouse, not their best friend, not even their mother. This is not uncommon, and this can be a turning point in their lives. This can be the time when they’re really heard.

YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING…

The purpose of this process is to evoke stories from you that might otherwise be lost. Maybe right now your grandchild isn’t mature enough to wrap their head around the wisdom you’ve collected throughout a lifetime.

One day they will be.

Maybe you’ll write some ideas down on paper, but ultimately, you’ll want to tell them in audio or video – where your personality told through your inflections and body language. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Each person’s story and experience is… personal.

THE PERFECT PRODUCTION

There is no perfect production. The exact nature of the Media Time Capsule depends on the subject and the participants. Sometimes you’re telling the next generation about the love story of your 50-year marriage. Sometimes you’re sharing your experience from a war. Sometimes you’re sharing the lessons life has taught you the hard way. It’s okay to cry. It’s certainly okay to laugh.

Just be real.

WHEN ALL IS SAID & DONE

Maybe you want to review your Media Time Capsule – maybe not. But either way, you should review the value of the experience. Often recording & producing an MTC opens Pandora’s box, and people realize that there are layers to life and understanding that they’ve just now grasped. As a service, we can deliver the media to where it needs to go, in whatever form, or archive for the future.

We highly recommend watching Dave Isay’s TED Talk before you decide on the direction of your Media Time Capsule.

A part of doing this was turning my back on the way I was brought up. Illness, and cancer specifically, was something we were told never to speak about. I know that sentiment is old fashioned, but I also knew there was a chance I wouldn't make it. I needed to get my experiences out of me, so that some of the younger children in my family - and their children - would have a chance to know who I was...

Virginia Searcy | Cancer Survivor

We put so much energy into life, that it seems almost futile to have it slip away without documenting some of it. When I looked back on my mother and I's relationship, it wasn't even the "good" things necessarily that defined us. I actually wanted to talk about the traumas that almost destroyed us. In the end, it was the right way to go about it, and MTC was very sympathetic to us...

Megan Azdhari | Daughter

This was really a great opportunity. My wife suffers with a rare form of dementia, and we'd always talked about having someone come into our home and take pictures and record her stories. The whole thing was a great experience for her, and for me. I've had so much anger since her diagnosis...

Les Johnson | Caregiver