Documenting Lifetime Memories

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - May 14, 2008
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Bob Belcher and Alan Nielsen of Affordable Image
Bob Belcher and Alan Nielsen of Affordable Image

Alan Nielsen and Bob Belcher of Affordable Image have found their niche in personalized video tributes.

“We want to save your precious memories,” says Nielsen, who directs the videos. Utilizing photos, video clips and music, they can produce a show about someone’s life.

The videos can be used in two different ways. A 10- to 15-minute video can be presented at a memorial service for a loved one who has passed away. If needed, Affordable Image can set up and take down the film projectors, monitors and sound equipment.

“We want our work to reflect a quiet elegance, to honor and respect the person in the video,” adds Belcher, who also can offer his services as a minister.

The second type of video is a longer, in-depth story of a person’s life or a family’s history. This documentary can be made for someone who is still alive or for someone who has passed on.

“Think of a jigsaw puzzle,” Nielsen says. “Bring us all the bits and pieces of your past, and we’ll help tell your story.”

Telling stories in one way or another is something that Affordable Image has done before.

The company has had a steady workload of changing 8-track recordings and 16 mm film to more modern formats such as CDs and DVDs. They’ve helped transfer old video footage about some World War II Marines for the Pacific War Memorial Association. Other archival videos the firm has been proud to work with include 1970s Primo Beer commercials as well as footage of Elvis, Jimmy Stewart and John F. Kennedy.

“Living tributes and family video albums are a logical extension of what Affordable Image has been doing for the last 15 years,” notes Nielsen.

Their recent work includes digitizing the library for Nanaikapono Elementary School, as well as 40 years of track and field at Punahou School.

“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care,” says Belcher. “It’s not just a job to us. We care about your memories, and we handle them with care. It’s about honoring someone. You can’t put a price on it.”

Affordable Image is located at 46-012 Alaloa St. in Kaneohe. For more information, call 236-4445 or log onto

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