November 11, 2007
RJ's Newsletter - March 1, 2007
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Randy Kim with his wife Anne,  Akina Moscinski, and Tyler Griffin at the RW Kim & Company's  "The Legacy Gift" seminar at Inventive Productions Studio Feb 26th.

Al Farmer with RJ during the interview for Al's Video Biography.

Ted Folk, Violet Folk, Lilyan Folk

and RJ during the interview for Violet's Video Biography.

It was a lot of fun helping create a wonderful instructional DVD called "First Dance" with instructor Mara Williams. You can learn more about this DVD at

Editor ExtraOrdinaire !

Shawna Cook has a proven track record for incredible skills in editing and a compassion and caring for telling a person's life story on video.

We are proud to have Shawna on our team.  She recently completed editing the Dean Echelbarger biography and is currently working on the Biography of Joyce Nicolazzi.





 Veterans Wanted

for the Library of Congress

Veterans History Project


Inventive Productions has volunteered to interview at least 25 veterans per year for free.  The Library of Congress will put these interviews into the archives so future students and historians will be able to hear what really happened by those who where there.


If you know of a veteran we can interview, please have them contact RJ McHatton at 425-747-4538


Free DVD


We have created a DVD with twenty samples of our work.


For a free DVD, call 425-747-4538 or email


You can also see samples of our work on our website:






"One today is worth two tomorrows."


---Benjamin Franklin





Welcome to RJ's Inventive Productions Newsletter--March 2007

Michel de Montaigne wrote,

"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness."


RJ McHatton

RJ McHatton

Ship of Miracles book cover

"He's one of those Christmas Eve guys. 

There are people like that... every day in their lives is Christmas Eve."

     ---Joe Garagiola talking about Yogi Berra



Great news!  I was recently contacted by the nephew of Brother Marinus.  The LaRue family have discovered boxes of notes, letters, ribbons, and other materials from the late Captain Leonard LaRue (aka Brother Marinus).  This means I will be making a trip to Philadelphia to interview the LaRue family and photograph these materials.  I would like to thank Dr. Luke Kim who is helping me connect with more Korean refugees who were rescued at Hungnam on Christmas 1950.  To learn more about the SHIP OF MIRACLES documentary, please go to

We are proud to have completed the Video Biography of one of Snohomish County's founding fathers, Dean Echelbarger.  Let me know if you would like a free copy of Dean's DVD "A Life Well Lived." 

For a free DVD call 425-747-4538

Dean Echelbarger

Dean Echelbarger


We are currently creating a Biography of a Company.  This documentary is about the History and Culture of the Pacific Institute. We are proud to be able to help go back over the past 30 years, interviewing clients and employees of The Pacific Institute and Lou & Diane Tice. 


Upcoming Events


March 10

  University of Washington Genealogical & Family History Group visit to Inventive Productions


March 14

  RJ makes presentation to Harbor Club in Bellevue


March 22

  Akina & RJ make presentation to Snoqualmie Rotary






Joke of the Month


Q. What do you call a song sung in an automobile?

A cartoon.





This newsletter is dedicated to my youngest Sister Patty McHatton.  She is serving with the US Navy in Falluja, Iraq.  She has made many sacrifices to serve her country and I really appreciate her dedication and committment.



Thank you for reading my March 2007 Newsletter.


Let me know if I can ever help you in any way.


If you are ever in the Seattle area, please let me know so we can have a cup of coffee.  I would love to show you our green screen studio.



Remember,  if you have a mom or a dad or a grandfather or a grandmother, sit down with them and listen to their stories. 


They really do appreciate knowing you care about their life stories.


Best wishes,


RJ McHatton



Bill & Dot Shaw

Bill & Dorothy Shaw live in small town on the Coast.  They were having a nice family BBQ last Fourth of July, when Bill started telling stories about his experiences in WW2.  He told about how he met his wife Dot at a USO dance and that they have been married now for over 60 years.  The grandkids were mesmerized by these old stories and they decided to have Inventive Productions capture the AutoBiography of Bill & Dorothy Shaw on DVD.  Bill & Dot were reluctant at first, but when they found out how easy the process was and how much the grandkids really cared about their stories, they became very enthused.  Today, we are just finishing the final Video Biography and look forward to a family premier.



What is a Video Biography?


Here is the process:


We interview a subject in our studio or on location for about three hours.  We capture the interview with two or three High Definition Video Cameras.


We use cue cards, so the subject does not need to memorize anything.


Then we ask for a box full of photos and home movies and other collectibles.  We take these back and scan them into our computers.


Then our editors take all the footage from the interviews, interviews with friends and family, and the photos  and start creating a professional video biography.


The end result is a 30-45 minute entertaining movie about the life of this person, told in their own words.


It is a priceless gift.  A gift of history, of voice, of wisdom, and of love.


"I look back on my life like a good day's work; it is done and I am satisfied with it."

---Grandma Moses

Inventive Productions LLC | 3625 132nd Ave SE | Suite 100 | Bellevue WA 98006
Contact: RJ McHatton | Email:
Studio: 425-747-4538 | Fax: 425-747-4564 | Cell: 503-470-0728

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