Create a biographical

film about your parents
Save your parents’ story today so that you can pass it over to your children tomorrow!
project

Save Your Story TODAY

We make professional biographical films for private customers, helping them keep their parents’ stories alive for future generations.

You will acquire a masterly made documentary film which will become a significant contribution to the treasury of your family valuables. Working together with a team of professionals, you will have a great opportunity to participate in the entire process of your filmmaking.
— Elena Ivanitskaia, Producer
_____“Every person's life is unique, /and everyone has its own story. And this story is /worth not only being listened to /but also being preserved /for future generations.”
_____“Every person's life is unique, and everyone has its own story. And this story is worth not only being listened to but also being preserved for future generations.”
_________“Every person's life is unique, and everyone has its own story. And this story is worth not only being listened to but also being preserved for future generations.”
producer

Elena Ivanitskaia,
Project

Ever since I was a child, I have had a great interest in biographies, people's lives with their twists and turns, ups and downs.

This project emerged in the summer of 2018. Making films about other people's stories, I realized that the most valuable thing I could do is preserve older generations' stories.

We often fail to stay close to our loved ones and dears and do not find time to listen to their stories and understand what conclusions they have come to. However, we are eager to preserve their love and world for our children to arise in them the sense of interconnections and continuum of generations. It is where I see the most significant value of our product.
about a loved one

Example of a biographical film

Oleg Grigorievich, 74 years old, Saint Petersburg
on the film

Family reviews

Anastasia, the younger daughter of Oleg Grigorievich
Having watched the film, I had very strong emotions, stronger than I expected. Throughout the film, I always felt like my dad was by me because of the high quality of camera work and excellent sound. I watched the film in one breath. Even Dad's simple words brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to listen to him on and on. I loved that our apartment was shown in the film since it is an essential part of our family history. The way my dad talked about it, about our belongings, the way keeps so lovingly every feather touched me deeply. The room for the shooting was chosen very well, with all our science books, plants, photos where my dad sits and works every day. My dad's favourite music was a perfect contribution to the picture. After the film, I felt melancholic too. The film gave me a chance to look at life as a phase of our family journey. I was thinking a lot about Dad's life and what our parents had gone through. I really wanted to hug and kiss my dad and tell him that I know how much he loved us, what he has done for us and that I really appreciated it. I realized clearly than ever that we don't have to waste any single minute and should use every opportunity to spend time together. This kind of film is a unique material, but how unique it is, you understand only when you get the final product. It allows you to have a fresh look at the lives of your dears and at your own life and think them over anew.
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Julia, the elder daughter of Oleg Grigorievich
The film came out great. I did not expect this effect absolutely, and it is just a fantastic product. We will be coming back to this film for years to come, and it's really something important that we want to pass on to future generations. On the film making: for a long time, I've been interested in the family, traditions, experiences to pass and finding an anchorage in family history. The dialogue format is perfect for conveying a natural, living history - not just dates and facts, but live emotions of joy, sadness, tears and smiles. And I'm happy that we were finally able to make such an interview. I would like to express my gratitude to the "Save your story today" team! Real professionals worked with us, and throughout that time - from gathering initial information to preparing for shooting my dad – the work was performed thoroughly, with keen interest and great respect to our family. I hope we will work together in the future and preserve a lot more of our family history!
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Oleg Grigorievich
The idea of preserving certain phases of our family's history emerged a few years ago, and since that, a lot has been done. But when I learned that there was an opportunity to make a film, I immediately saw all the advantages of this option and grabbed it. By the agreed day of the shooting, I had written a few dozen pages on what I was going to say for the camera. I was a bit nervous before the shooting started as I had never taken part in filmmaking before. But on the day of the shooting, I calmed down. The team created a friendly, benevolent and supporting atmosphere. I immediately felt that the shooting was performed by professionals, even though they were young people. And most important, they were full of respect to my, so to say, confession. I was excited and sincere in answering some of the questions of the lady interviewer. And I don't regret it. The first viewing dispelled all my doubts and fears about my role in the film. The accurate cutting and video editing by the shooting team contributed to it too. Undoubtedly, making such films is very important for families who want to preserve their history for their offspring.
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Anastasia, the younger daughter of Oleg Grigorievich
Having watched the film, I had very strong emotions, stronger than I expected. Throughout the film, I always felt like my dad was by me because of the high quality of camera work and excellent sound. I watched the film in one breath. Even Dad's simple words brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to listen to him on and on. I loved that our apartment was shown in the film since it is an essential part of our family history. The way my dad talked about it, about our belongings, the way keeps so lovingly every feather touched me deeply. The room for the shooting was chosen very well, with all our science books, plants, photos where my dad sits and works every day. My dad's favourite music was a perfect contribution to the picture. After the film, I felt melancholic too. The film gave me a chance to look at life as a phase of our family journey. I was thinking a lot about Dad's life and what our parents had gone through. I really wanted to hug and kiss my dad and tell him that I know how much he loved us, what he has done for us and that I really appreciated it. I realized clearly than ever that we don't have to waste any single minute and should use every opportunity to spend time together. This kind of film is a unique material, but how unique it is, you understand only when you get the final product. It allows you to have a fresh look at the lives of your dears and at your own life and think them over anew.
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Julia, the elder daughter of Oleg Grigorievich
The film came out great. I did not expect this effect absolutely, and it is just a fantastic product. We will be coming back to this film for years to come, and it's really something important that we want to pass on to future generations. On the film making: for a long time, I've been interested in the family, traditions, experiences to pass and finding an anchorage in family history. The dialogue format is perfect for conveying a natural, living history - not just dates and facts, but live emotions of joy, sadness, tears and smiles. And I'm happy that we were finally able to make such an interview. I would like to express my gratitude to the "Save your story today" team! Real professionals worked with us, and throughout that time - from gathering initial information to preparing for shooting my dad – the work was performed thoroughly, with keen interest and great respect to our family. I hope we will work together in the future and preserve a lot more of our family history!
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Oleg Grigorievich
The idea of preserving certain phases of our family's history emerged a few years ago, and since that, a lot has been done. But when I learned that there was an opportunity to make a film, I immediately saw all the advantages of this option and grabbed it. By the agreed day of the shooting, I had written a few dozen pages on what I was going to say for the camera. I was a bit nervous before the shooting started as I had never taken part in filmmaking before. But on the day of the shooting, I calmed down. The team created a friendly, benevolent and supporting atmosphere. I immediately felt that the shooting was performed by professionals, even though they were young people. And most important, they were full of respect to my, so to say, confession. I was excited and sincere in answering some of the questions of the lady interviewer. And I don't regret it. The first viewing dispelled all my doubts and fears about my role in the film. The accurate cutting and video editing by the shooting team contributed to it too. Undoubtedly, making such films is very important for families who want to preserve their history for their offspring.
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process

Filmmaking

The main storyline is the main character’s story, look, voice, and emotions that are fully revealed through a thoughtful and respectful dialogue.

During filming, we provide a comfortable atmosphere and delicate interaction amongst the participants.

Copyright and privacy policies are clearly stated in the contract.
The film making process consists of three main steps:
Preparing for shooting

selection of locations, scheduling.

compilation of the script together with the client, selection of documentary materials (photos, letters);
Shooting: 1 day (8 working hours)

interior shooting.

dialogue with the main character;

equipment setup;
editing, sound mixing, colour correction;

subtitles for the film (optional);

releasing access to the film through submission of a link.

Work after shooting

negotiations on the budget, deadlines;

signing a contract;

discussions on the film concept in details;
The price of the film, such as the film about Oleg Grigorievich, is €1,400.

Shooting is possible in any city in Russia or worldwide.
The price of each film is calculated individually.
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Project team

Ksenia Markova
St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television, Department of Cinematography;
7 years of experience.
Videographer
Danil Beltyukov
St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television, Department of Audio-Visual Art;
8 years of experience.
Sound producer
Daria Ustenko
St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television, Department of Cinematography, advanced training in colour correction;
7 years of experience.
Editing Director
Elena Ivanitskaia
Coach (standards of International Coaching Federation);

St. Petersburg State University, Ph.D. in Chemistry;
3 years of experience as a project manager at a large international company based in Germany.
Producer, interviewer
Elena Ivanitskaia
Coach (standards of International Coaching Federation);

St. Petersburg State University, Ph.D. in Chemistry;
3 years of experience as a project manager at a large international company based in Germany.
Producer, interviewer
Ksenia Markova
St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television, Department of Cinematography;
7 years of experience.
Videographer
Danil Beltyukov
St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television, Department of Audio-Visual Art;
8 years of experience.
Sound producer
Daria Ustenko
St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinema and Television, Department of Cinematography, advanced training in colour correction;
7 years of experience.
Editing Director
for shooting

Send your request

If you still have questions, feel free to write through any of the messenger listed below
ELENA IVANITSKAIA
Self-employed
Tax number : 147/226/60138
82178 Puchheim, Germany