FAQs

You probably have many questions. Here are some answers.

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The nature of our product is a bit obscure, and lends itself to a lot of questions about what we do, how the process works and what the finished product may look like. We tried to put ourselves in your shoes when confronted with the idea of a Media Time Capsule – as odds are you heard about us from a friend or advertisment – so here are most of the questions we think you’d have, and video responses as explanations. Enjoy!

My health and/or schedule doesn’t allow me to leave the house and I don’t have the energy to compile old photos and the required material to produce this… 

A lot of our clients have medical difficulties – we totally understand that. Even if your assets are out of state, we have methods and plans in place to work around your bottlenecks. We can and will make house calls. We are sensitive to different health issues and we can help you locate your old media. We believe in preserving the story, and we’ll do anything in our power to do so.

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Why do we do this? Why do we believe doing this can help people?

We believe that deep down, everyone has a story about their lives worth sharing. We believe that people have important experiences throughout their lives that have shaped them into who they are. And we think these stories are worth preserving. Our goal is to preserve as many of these stories as possible, so that future generations can look into a world that will no longer exist.

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How do you expect someone to do this unrehearsed and not totally screw it up?

We find that when you get people talking about their lives and innermost experiences, they tend to let their guard down. We’ve produced biopic films in extremely tight situations, so we know how to motivate people to open up in sensitive situations. We love doing this, and we can help people through uncomfortable issues. Some of our moderators on staff have lived extraordinary lives, so we know how to confront a metamorphosis.

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How do we get people over the fear of being on camera?

Great question. We have been doing interviews with subjects for over 6 years – and our specialty is interviewing on extremely sensitive subjects. We can coach our subjects using a couple different exercises that can help people put things in perspective. We can share our humanity in this experience and create something truly beautiful.

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Will you help me discover the “real” story within my “life’s” story?

As dedicated storytellers, we want to help you uncover the meaning in your experiences. We’ve been writing stories about the pivotal moments in people’s lives for over five years, and what we’ve found, is that people’s lives comes down to about 5-10 experiences that teach and reveal who a person really is… and we want to document those for posterity.

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How is this different from me or my kid flipping on their iPhone and recording a “Media Time Capsule”?

Very simply – it’s quality. We have the tools to help you tell a coherent story, and we have the equipment to capture it in high definition audio and video. You could hire an amateur to paint your portrait… but how would that end up?

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If I buy this for my mother and father, would I be asking the questions? Only one of them is alive and I don’t know who else would help them with the MTC?

We could do this any number of ways. The best product we have (depending on your situation) is the Concerted Conversation. When two people sit down together and reminisce, magic can happen. The similarities and differences in  two people’s recollection show the plastic nature of history. We can also moderate a discussion, OR you could simply sit back and tell your story – the choice is yours. Our job is to evoke the twist, turns and beauty of your story.

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The person I want to do this is very sick and bedridden… Does MTC make house calls? 

Of course we can make house calls. Obviously, we won’t have the same creative control over lighting and sound, but we can bring the equipment to facilitate a very high quality capture. We’re more than comfortable with dealing with uncomfortable situations.

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How exactly does this process work?

Please watch the following video.

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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