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About Personal Story Films

About Personal Story Films

Personal Story Films thrives on telling the stories of businesses through video. we showcase each small business in its element and highlight what differentiates you from the competition, using your unique story to make that critical emotional connection with your intended audience. Personal Story Films’ work can be used for websites, advertising, email, social media, and more.

I would love to tell your story – it’s what I’m passionate about. I tell stories visually by showing what you do, and orally by drawing out the story of your life or your business. I weave these elements together with music to create a professional, compelling video uniquely for you. I focus on quality and making the process enjoyable and professional.

The idea for this venture began as I was making a documentary about my father, Henning Pontoppidan. I found a deep sense of purpose as I was recording his stories, collecting old photos, and choosing music that is meaningful to him. I realized that the finished film would be watched by not only my generation – sisters, cousins, those he had taught – but also by his grandchildren, and beyond. I was excited to bring this gift to other families, and began making film memoirs.

In 2019 I decided I was also very interested in small business storytelling, so I added business videos to my offerings. This has become my primary work, and one I enjoy immensely. 

My Background

Personal Story Films is owned and operated by myself, Lisa Pontoppidan. I earned a BA in Television Production, and went on to work as a videotape editor for news and documentaries at the local Public Television Station, WGBH-TV. While I was there, a series of documentaries I edited about private violence was nominated for an Emmy. Since then, I have directed and produced many documentaries and short videos on various topics. I have also taught video production classes at Adult Education and in conjunction with the English Language Program at Boston University. In addition to this work, I also write and perform music, draw, take photographs, and make art from nature, and these arts inform my skills as a video producer and editor.

Lisa Pontoppidan holding a camera

The values that I bring to this work

Kindness, respect, and professionalism are the biggest values I carry into my work and every interaction I have with others. I honor the integrity of each human being and each story. I work with individuals, businesses, and families to create the video that most clearly expresses their personality, experiences and values. I leave room for client feedback, and take it into account to whatever degree I can. I believe the process of making the film together should be meaningful and enjoyable for everyone. I bring all of my skills and talent to bear in making the finished video in a timely way, and can’t tolerate doing less than my best.