Three weeks later we live streamed a funeral service for one of our own family members – Kelly’s cousin Micah – that unexpectedly passed at 16 years of age leaving his Mom, Brother, and Sister in an agony of emotional pain and heartbreak. Kelly gathered as many pictures and videos that the family could send us to edit a beautiful custom tribute highlight video to be played at her cousin Micah’s funeral service. Let us just say that we have never cried more than we did working on that video besides for maybe the fact for the additional tears that were shed at the funeral service.
While this tragic event turned out to be the most emotional project that we have ever been a part of we would be lying if we didn’t admit that we at least felt a little better being able to help so many friends and family members attend his service that would not have been physically able to due to the safety concerns of Covid-19.
In fact, Kelly’s Dad at age 76 who nearly lost his own life due to a major heart attack two years ago, understandably did not feel safe physically attending the funeral service as he lands into a much higher risk category than nearly all our other family members. Being able to provide him – and hundreds of others – a chance to watch the service in real time as if he and the others were there was something none of us imagined possible a few months ago. Here is his text message following the event:
“Wow, I’m speechless. You and Kelly did such a great job, the live streaming quality was so beautiful that I felt like I was there with you. The only reason it was “blurry” was because my eyes were crying the entire time. Love you guys”
The Live Streaming of Micah’s Funeral Service
After a flood of positive thank you messages coming to us after the service complimenting the overall quality of the live stream we thought how amazing it would be to offer this service to more and more clients as there’s clearly a need for it.
For Micah’s service we had two pre-recorded edited videos and one ending text title sequence (a message from the family with a bible quote) queued up in our live stream broadcast and played them at predetermined times. This is one of the features that opens the door to several creative options to further increase the production value and playback experience that we will go into greater detail in a future blog post. For now, and the sake of this specific reading I want to leave you with a few final thoughts and quick ideas on some different ways to incorporate these pre-recorded videos into your live stream.
For a wedding example, let’s say the bride and groom would like to send a personal video message out to all the online guests thanking everyone for taking the time to celebrate with them virtually online. Instead of sending this message by email, phone, or trying to record that in one take live at the event, this video can be perfected prior to the event, pre-recorded and we can upload it to broadcast at any point during the live stream program. Something unique can be added to start or conclude the program like a specific collage of pictures, quotes, or a full photo montage video telling your unique story.
Technically, a same day edit, or any variation like a shorter highlight video or photos, can be queued up into the live stream program and broadcasted at specific moments for your remote guests. So besides your online guests being able to see your ceremony live from multiple angles there’s an opportunity for them to see beautiful highlights of the bridal prep or maybe some highlights of the first look, or maybe just that personal message we discussed earlier or an ending text title like we did in Micah’s funeral service – the ideas and creative openings are endless.
We are going to write another blog post that goes into more detail regarding the logistics, limitations, and creative opportunities that go into live streaming events. For now, we wanted to give you a brief overview of this exciting new live streaming opportunity. We hope you found this article useful.
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The SkyPoint Productions Team (Skyler & Kelly Jo Pierpoint)