After years of procrastination, I finally took the 40-plus reels of 8mm film that my father shot from 1956-1971 and got them digitally transferred. What a thrill it is to see my parents' wedding, my sister and me as babies, our birthday parties and other milestones.
Less exciting are the shots of animals at the zoo, rides at the amusement park, and boats in the harbor. Those types of images are all available (in better focus and resolution) elsewhere. What’s not available anywhere else is moving pictures of our family and friends.
What’s true of our home movies is true for anything we create: no matter the topic, genre or form, if your story isn’t ultimately about people, then we’re just not that interested.