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SXSW and Storytelling

March 19, 20120 Comments

I’m sorry if you haven’t heard from me during the past nine days. I fell into an alternate world that descends onto Austin, Texas, every March. It’s called South By Southwest. This year, I had a badge and was excited to go to the Interactive Festival. There were several panels on digital storytelling, and their […]

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DollarShaveClub.com: Viral Video Explained

March 7, 20120 Comments

I can’t stop watching this video for DollarShaveClub.com. It’s a near-perfect business video. Why? Over multiple viewings, I’ve figured out the formula behind why it works so well. 1. It looks great. This is a video for a business you’ve never heard of and you’re not sure is even real (dollarshaveclub.com sounds like something they’d […]

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Business Stories at the Khabele School: Behind the scenes

Business Stories at the Khabele School: Behind the scenes

February 26, 20120 Comments

A documentary-style video is a great way to capture the story behind a business or organization. The Khabele School, in Austin, Texas, has one of the best stories that I’ve heard. The downtown private school is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the founders are still  surprised at their success. Moya and Khotso Khabele, […]

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Test Video

February 4, 2012

Hello there

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Life Story Video Preview

January 30, 20120 Comments

Remember how I mentioned that I was going out to San Diego to interview the greatest great-aunt in the world? I did. And it was wonderful! I put together this short sample video: As you can see, I’m combining Aunt Esther’s personal photographs (which she loved looking through) with video. I love how she looks […]

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New Austin small business video!

January 18, 20121 Comment

Our newest video was produced for the best alterations business in town, Olga European Fashion. I met Olga through another Olga. The first Olga sold me my wedding dress, and came up with the wacky yet genius idea to put a lace bolero backwards on a strapless gown – creating delicate cap sleeves and a […]

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Reflect & Record now offering video for small businesses

January 5, 2012

You might have noticed that there’s a new category on the left side our website: Business Stories. If you haven’t already clicked to find out what “Business Stories” are doing on what you thought was a personal history business’ website, let me tell you. We’ve expanded our services to meet the needs of local businesses […]

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The Perfect Christmas Gift

The Perfect Christmas Gift

December 25, 20110 Comments

It’s Christmas morning, and I’m getting a warm and fuzzy feeling thinking about the gift that Marilyn Gregory is giving to her children today. Reflect & Record helped her create a custom audio CD and photobook telling – and showing – the story of her life. You can take a look for yourself, and flip […]

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Why life stories are priceless

Why life stories are priceless

December 3, 20110 Comments

This is a photograph of myself with my great-aunt, Esther. Doesn’t she just look like the most wonderful person in the entire world? I definitely think she is – not just because she’s my aunt and I’m biased, but because she is ACTUALLY the most wonderful person in the entire world. If you knew her, […]

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A call for “Life Reports”

October 28, 2011

This week, New York Times columnist put out a call for “Life Reports.” These are reflective essays, styled in the manner of a school report card. Brooks asks readers over 70 to “write a brief report on your life so far, an evaluation of what you did well, of what you did not so well […]

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