What kind of Legacy Film do you want?

While our process for creating Legacy Films is consistent and straightforward, you can choose from a number of options that allow you to customize the final deliverable. On this page, we have outlined some of these components for you.

Movie Edit Lengths

  • Full Archival Edit: This is a standard edit that comes with all engagements. The length of this movie is really determined by the length of the conversation. The movie will typically last anywhere from 2-4 hours, and will include all photos, media, and music. This version is intended to be viewed in multiple sittings and is ideal for capturing a wide swath of history and stories for the next generation. 

  • Montage Edit: Are you looking for a short video that you can easily share with family and friends online? Perhaps you want to embed a short movie in an evite for grandma’s 90th birthday? The Montage edit is roughly 3-4 minutes long, distilling the essence of the full conversation into a collage of sound bites, music, and photos. The samples on our homepage are examples of this edit version. 

  • “Prime Time” Edit: This is a 30-45 minute version of the movie, edited down from the raw footage. The themes and focus of this movie will be driven by client intent and conversational highlights. For example, a client might want to focus on the family’s ancestry, or the family business. Alternatively, the “Prime Time” edit can be a series of engaging stories around a variety of topics. This movie would ideally be viewed at a family gathering.

Digital file / DVD / Blu-ray / hosted

With technology changing every day, it's not always easy to know which formats make the most sense for you. Here are some options:

  • Digital SD Card: We provide every client with a copy of their movie on a digital SD card for easy storing and duplication down the road. We also recommend that in addition to the SD card, you get at least one copy of your movie in the format that you intend to view it most often. 
  • DVD / Blu-ray: For some, these are already antiquated technologies, while others still watch movies on their DVD player. Acknowledge Media can create DVD and Blu-ray versions of your movie, complete with custom menu screens, chapters, and case.
  • Online Hosting: At no cost, Acknowledge Media will host your video(s) on a password protected URL. The video will be accessible from any computer or device that is equipped with an Internet connection. You can download the video in various file formats and sizes for storage on your own permanent media. After 3 months, you have the choice of paying a monthly hosting fee to keep the videos online. 

Rich, we were ‘blown away’ by your masterful interviewing of my mother! I never had doubt that my mother would enjoy the process and come across beautifully. You are so gifted and perfectly suited for this! You instilled incredible trust. I am so excited!! Thanks for your expertise and talent!
— Miriam, Baltimore MD

Charlie Rose expresses regret for never having interviewed his father.


Every project is unique. For this reason, we price our Legacy Films on a per-engagement basis. The cost is determined by several factors including:

  • Content: Is your film about an individual, a couple, or perhaps siblings? Will your film focus on a specific area of someone’s life (e.g., career, family, philanthropy), or do you want this to cover the full spectrum of the subject’s experiences?
  • Photos and media: Will this film incorporate 30 images or 100? Will there be documents or additional keepsakes that we'll want to present in the final product?

  • Length of final edit: Will you want the shorter montage edit, or a longer "Prime Time" edit?

We will work with you to ensure that your Legacy Film achieves your goals while meeting your budget requirements. As a first step, we invite you to Contact Us for a free telephone consultation to discuss your potential project. In turn, we will submit a cost estimate based on your specific needs. 

For additional information on the subject of pricing, we suggest you read this wonderful article (from February of 2013), written by an Orange Country, CA-based video biographer.