A Day in the Life
We’ve produced Day in the Life films over the years primarily as evidence in major personal injury cases. Why is this done? It documents the typical activities of daily living and relationships for an injured individual dealing with physical, cognitive, emotional and psychological deficits and disabilities.
Why is that important? Someone who is pursuing a damage claim must prove the losses in their functional lives as they relate to employability, independent living and enjoyment of life.
It is important that the producer who crafts this video, usually for a client who is an attorney, understands what is necessary to prove and what video production techniques are allowed by the courts.
What must be kept in mind is that all raw footage is normally discoverable by the opposing side. To maintain credibility, we pay careful attention to what is recorded and how the program is edited.
It’s vital that the sound track is permitted to be played, so only typical conversation without commentary should be recorded. Hearing the interaction that occurs on camera is essential in communicating what is happening.
A narrative for the program can be included, but that’s normally when the video is being shown at mediation or in advance of trial in efforts to settle the case out of court. Day in the Life films are commonly done in conjunction with a life care plan.
Thinking of a video like this, it is easy to assume that the program is really just a play for sympathy. In reality, a successful Day in the Life film is a testament to courage – someone who tries their best to do what they can on their own.
In court, a jury rallies behind a person whose effort and attitude is recognized and respected.