How do I get funding for a sentencing video?

In some cases, we are able to work with the defense attorney to apply for federal funding. Call us and we will be happy to discuss your options.

How long does it take to make a sentencing video?

Each video has different circumstances and needs to be carefully planned. Factors that affect the timeframe include: 1) Number of interviewees being filmed; 2) Whether or not travel will be involved; 3) Whether or not we will need to interview the defendant in jail or prison; 4) The defendant's sentencing date, and 5) Other extenuating circumstances. In short, this means six to eight weeks to make a video from start to finish.

What if I'm currently incarcerated? Can I still have a sentencing video made for me?

Absolutely. In many cases we can work with the defense attorney to arrange to film the defendant while they are incarcerated. We also work closely with the defense attorney to designate family and community members who can be interviewed to speak on behalf of the defendant.

Are there any guarantees that the sentencing video will keep me from having to serve time?

Our goal is to present the judge with a more Complete Picture of the defendant's essential character and mitigating circumstances. Ultimately, it is up to the judge to decide what kind of sentence is the most fair and just.

Can I make payments for a sentencing video?

What is important to us is that you return to your family, your job and your community. We will work with you financially if funding is an issue.

What if I'm not good in front of the camera? I don't want to look bad and end up making my situation worse.

We are professionals in the interview process. We make everyone feel relaxed and look their best. Just check out our past videos.

What if I don't want Complete Picture to share the video or information about my case with others?

We respect the privacy of our clients and absolutely will not share your Complete Picture video if that is your preference.

Why are sentencing videos allowed in court?

Statute 18 U.S.C. Sec 3553 requires judges to take into account unique circumstances and background of each defendant. Therefore, courts are legally required under this statute to consider sentencing mitigation videos along with all other pertinent information and evidence.

Why should money be spent to help keep criminals out of prison in the first place?

The United States incarcerates more people per capita than anywhere else in the world, costing taxpayers an estimated $74 billion per year, eclipsing the GDP of 133 nations.The cost of creating a sentencing video is minimal compared to the savings to taxpayers. Our sentencing videos have a ROI (return on investment) ranging from 1736% to 7409%.

Not only is incarceration costly for taxpayers, but there is devastating fallout for the prisoner's family and inner circle that cannot be quantified. When a person is incarcerated, they leave a gaping void, an unfulfilled role in their wake that is not usually ever restored. The damage has exponential and long-range consequences to the health and well-being of the family and community, and ultimately to our nation. Sentencing videos help the judge to factor in the individual's value to their family and community when calculating the appropriate punishment.

Why spend funds on a professional video crew instead of using a smart phone?

As consumers of media, we've been conditioned to expect the quality of the content we are watching to be at a certain standard. When it's not, the audience judges it as an inferior product and dismisses it as meritless. In each video project we produce, a defendant's future is at stake, so our utmost priority is to tell it like it is with minimal distractions. A video that is overproduced with lots of Hollywood flare would distract from the truth. Likewise, a video that is underproduced with low-quality sound, lighting and camera shake, can also be highly distracting.

For this reason, our approach is to make these videos as inexpensively as possible, while still maintaining a certain level of quality so that the audience will be inclined to take the content seriously. We keep them simple and straightforward, circumventing music, motion graphics, and customized color correction. This saves money and allows for the interviewee testimonies to stand on their own.

Why does the judge need more than photos and declarations to make a just decision?

In the process of interviewing the defendant's closest friends, family and community members, we discover critical details that are not reflected in their paperwork. Additionally, in the editing process, we are able to tie everything together, revealing relationships between events, circumstances and challenges that otherwise appear disparate and insignificant. This act of integrating the pieces into one picture enables us to present the judge with a much more refined, sequential and true-to-life layout of the defendant's case.