How it works / FAQ
We make the recording in the comfort of the interviewee's own home. The whole process is unhurried and usually takes a few hours. Our digital recorder is unobtrusive, so it's easy to have a conversation and forget it's there.
"I was a bit nervous before the interview. I thought I'd get a grilling like on the Today programme, but Claire just encouraged me to relax and reminisce, so I found much to my surprise, I enjoyed myself!"
Before the recording is arranged, Claire will help you to prepare, so that you can make the most of your portrait. This involves thinking about what you’d like to cover and writing down a few bullet points to jog your memory, and asking other members of your family what favourite anecdotes they'd like included.
Alternatively, you can just leave it to Claire to ask the right questions and not worry about it beforehand. Indeed, this spontaneous approach can be joyfully fresh and equally successful, as any awkward bits are removed afterwards, during the editorial process.
You may also like to think about any music you'd like to include in the recording, or whether you’d like to read a favourite poem, or us to find a special sound. This can add great colour and personality to the portrait.
Once the recording is complete, we cut and shape it all together to produce a sympathetic, insightful and enjoyable portait. Our editorial direction aims to be affirming and celebratory, while honoring difficulties and challenges the interviewee may have experienced.
We use professional editing software to ensure a structured and seamless result that is interesting and flows well.
Frequently asked questions
When should I have a portrait made?
Every age is a good age: our youngest client is three and a half, our oldest ninety five. While most of our clients are above retirement age, quite a few shorter Portraits in Sound are made for eighteenth or twenty-first birthdays. If you're older than that, it's best to do it while your memory is still sharp!
What about Businesses, Charities or other Communities?
It's a good idea, but why don't I do it myself?
People often feel awkward being recorded re-telling old stories about their life, by a family member or good friend who knows much of it already. They may find it easier to talk candidly to someone who is there independently. Also, an interview is something of a performance, and a professional interviewer will know how to bring it to life and ask the right questions, to create an interesting and enjoyable result. We have the skills and experience to do this, and to cut and shape it all together to produce a sympathetic and insightful portrait. Lastly, we have the editing and production tools to produce a seamless result on a professionally printed CD and memory stick.