Back in 2016 we decided that we would create a software application that would allow us to create someone’s life story. It would include stories, events, people and a complete range of media including video, audio, images, documents, and social media. It took several years to complete and during that period we gained a lot of experience in knowing how to create a life story. We also realised that the software we were creating had a much broader range of applications than we had originally intended, so we added anthologies and events to a growing list of products that could be created with the software.
Today, we create bespoke LifeStories on a commission basis using our own Studio software (as shown above). The anthologies, biographies and event mementos that we create are tailored to your exact requirements and can be delivered on a dedicated iPad.
LifeStories typically include three elements:
Stories are the components that make up a larger LifeStory. Stories can be organised into categories to suit the LifeStory.
What makes stories so unique is that we can include multiple different media types in a story, including audio, video, photos, and social media posts. The short story above happens to include an audio attachment that will play when the user taps the image.
Connections are the people who are involved in the LifeStory. For a biography, this would typically be family and friends. For an anthology such as this one we created based on Harry Potter, the connections in this section are the actors in the movies.
The positioning of each person is based on concentric circles. You can choose to have the more relevant people towards the centre, or you can simply opt for random positioning.
The Timeline is the chronological representation of all of the events in the LifeStory. An event can be a story or a discrete piece of media (e.g. a video, a FaceBook post or a snippet of a WhatsApp chat). For biographies, births and deaths of connections can also be represented on the timeline.
In the two examples above we have a simple video-only timeline for an Eddie Izzard anthology, while the Joe Satriani anthology contains a broader mix of event types, including video, full albums, guitar profile stories and several image libraries.