Creating a donor legacy using film

A simple step-by-step guide to making your own legacy video

  • First you will need to locate a device that you can use to make your video. You may use a camera, phone or laptop. If you do not have any of these devices, consider asking a friend or family member for assistance.
  • If you are unsure how to use your device's camera, there are many videos that provide tutorials on YouTube. If you type in the device name along with ‘how to’ you will likely find a range of videos to help you.
  • Print and/or access the top ten questions that donor-conceived people have identified they would like to know about you. Highlight questions that may be relevant for you to answer, or that stand out as information you wish to provide.
  • It may be helpful to write down some main points that you wish to discuss on camera, so that you can refer back to these while you are recording. Some donors choose to write a script and read this to the camera.
  • It may be important to consider the physical features that interest donor-conceived people the most. In our recent survey of 56 Australian donor-conceived adults, we discovered the top three physical features that interested them the most were eyes, height and body build. You may wish to do some close-up shots of your face or of you walking etc.
  • Filming: Make sure you are in a space where you feel comfortable to film and where there will be no distractions. This space should be free from noise (preferably inside to avoid wind). You might like to do this at home so that you can include some of your daily activities within your video if you wish.
  • You may like to have a friend or family member present for support or to help you film. You could also consider filming yourself talking through a photo album with your support person filming over your shoulder. You may want to face your support person while being filmed and direct your answers at them instead of the camera. Sometimes this may feel less daunting than looking straight at a camera. It may also be helpful if you would like your support person to read out to you some of the questions that you have chosen to answer.
  • Once you feel satisfied with your video, you will need to upload this to a computer. If you need help with this, please YouTube ‘how to upload video from (insert device name) to my computer.’ Alternatively, you can ask a friend or family member to help you with this.

Remember: this does not need to be a Hollywood production. Do your best and document the most important information that reflects who you are, because that is what donor-conceived people would like to know.