Students Explore Collegiate Life out of State
For my last backpack story ever, I wanted to produce a piece that meant a lot to me and that could be relatable to students my age. I am graduating in three months, so the topic of college has been on my mind quite a bit. I thought I could produce a story that is a little different than just covering college itself. Since I have decided to attend college out of state, I thought that telling that story would be a great thing. It is a story that could inspire others to look beyond Missouri for colleges.
I started with asking some of my friends who attend college out of state to do interviews. I started interviewing people as soon as I picked my topic, just because two of the students I interviewed were going back to college soon. Luckily, they were back in Missouri on break. Getting a head start made me think more about it, and the angle I wanted to take.
After finishing my interviews, I immediately started to slate and log. I also came up with different ideas for my script. While listening to all the interviews again, I knew the angle I wanted to take. I wanted to show viewers that the people that I interviewed felt attending an out of state college is the best thing that has happened to them. I felt this could give upcoming seniors different ideas about college, rather than just looking at the typical universities in Missouri.
Once I had all my material together, I started the editing process. I didn’t have much b-roll at all, I just had pictures, so it was kind of difficult at first. After putting all of the pictures in, I still needed to fill in the slots with my voice overs. Luckily, my advisor, MT, came to the rescue to help me find extra footage from graduation last year that also provided some natural sound to the story. She also helped me find a fun way to start the story to catch the audience's attention.
Even though I ran into a couple of obstacles, I ended up producing a story that means a lot to me. I hope you can take something away from my story. Maybe it will inspire you to look at schools outside of Missouri.