FAQ

WHAT IS A PERSONAL HISTORIAN?

Public figures have long employed professional writers, videographers, and editors to help them create everlasting memoirs. Haiku Media Arts acts as your personal biographer by helping you express and preserve your memories, accomplishments, observations in life and more.  We help “ordinary people” by creating extraordinary books and videos of their life stories.


WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

After our initial consultation, Haiku Media Arts comes to your home or office to capture your memories. We offer a full range of services designed to help you with as much or as little resource gathering as you need. We bring our equipment to scan photos, documents, and other visual media that you may want to be included in your oral history project. Our professional photographers can also take photos of anything you like.

When it comes time to interview you, we are happy to coach your interviewer or to conduct the interview ourselves. After filming your interview, your stories are transcribed for video production. If you have ordered a book, our story editor will begin writing your story and work with you to ensure the correct spellings of names places and events. Photo restoration and book design also occur during this time.


WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A VIDEO BIOGRAPHY?

A video interview brings your story to life in a way that no other medium can and it gives us the ability to produce any type of media that you may desire a la carte or in a package. A video biography can range from a photo collage set to music to a sophisticated video production that includes more than one interview, archival photos, original documents, sound recordings, and more. Clips from your video can also be used in an eBook.


WHERE AND HOW ARE INTERVIEWS DONE?

We conduct interviews in the setting that you are most comfortable with. Whether you are being interviewed by a family member, friend, or Haiku Media Arts, we work with you every step of the way. When working with couples, we talk with each partner separately before interviewing together. Interviews can take place in a few hours or over several days.


HOW MUCH WILL A BOOK AND VIDEO PROJECT COST?

This depends on the length of your interviews—in other words, the time it takes you to tell your life story determines the time needed to transcribe the video. Writing, editing, revisions, and proofing in addition to photo restoration are all part of the book production process.

Besides the length of your video, the number of photos and other documents you want to include will determine the price. Book and video project prices range from several hundred dollars for a short and simple unedited oral history video to $50,000 and more for a highly detailed book and video project.


CAN I WRITE MY MEMOIR MYSELF?

Yes. Haiku Media Arts will take your memoir to a professional level by editing your manuscript, restoring old photos, and creating a layout and design. We will produce a beautiful one-of-a-kind book that you can share with anyone including family, friends, organizations, nonprofits, and more.

With additional photos and an interview we can also produce a documentary-style video as a companion to your book.


DO I HAVE TO BUY A VIDEO AND A BOOK?

No. Filming your interview gives us the flexibility to produce either a book, video or both.


CAN HAIKU MEDIA ARTS CREATE A WEBSITE?

Absolutely. Whether you are an individual, nonprofit, or organization, Haiku Media Arts will capture your history and utilize as much or as little personal information as you would like to build your website. Our professional services include content creation, SEO optimization, and website hosting.


WHAT ARE PERSONAL PUBLICATIONS?

Besides personal biographies, we create custom books from concept to design at your venue of choice and on your timeline.

Travel+Event Books utilize your photos, memories, emails, and even journal entries to capture practically any type of milestone in your life. From vacations, weddings, and anniversaries to team bonding weekends and retirement parties, we create unique publications designed to match your style and personality.

Our Team Legacy books capture sports teams all all their glory. For example, soccer teams can relive penalty kicks, dribbling, corner kicks, and headers in a beautiful custom hardbound book. These make great gifts or you can create a book for yourself and offer to sell it to other team members and their families through our easy online ordering system.