I was excited about doing this story about Missouri Options. Not only is it a great program that I want people to know about, but it also gave my boyfriend, Damian, a second chance.
I knew that Damian would give a great interview, because Missouri Options truly helped him get his diploma and gave him a second chance.
I emailed the Missouri Options teacher, Brett Hoch, asking if he would give an interview. He said he would. After a few miscommunications, we set up the interview. During our interview, I learned a lot about the program.
After, I interviewed Damian, I started writing the script. I had a lot of information to work with, and it was tricky deciding what I wanted to have in the story and what I would leave out.
I got footage of the Missouri Options students doing work in their classroom. I also got b-roll of Damian and gathered pictures of him to use in the story.
During the editing process I realized that this was going to be a longer story, so I went back through and cut some more footage that wasn't as important. I didn't want it to drag on. That can cause people to lose interest.
In the end the story ended up being better with the cuts and I feel it helps clear up confusion about this amazing program.