The Lost Arts: Cooking and Sewing
This story was my second backpack story that I have done while on the BJJTV staff. I was excited to see cooking and sewing on the list of potential story topics.
The original angle of the story was to figure out why the two hobbies have died down in popularity. It was really hard for me to find kids in my age-range that truly believed in cooking and sewing as a valuable skillset.
As I asked around, I had a realization. Just like paying bills and making a budget, a lot of people don't learn these skills until they feel like they need to, which usually comes around their adult life.
Although my generation is stuck in the belief they don't need to know how to do these things yet, I knew of someone who really believed in learning these skills. My grandma!
Ever since I could walk, I have watched her make blankets for my cousins, repair clothing for friends and family, and I have been begging to help mix the cookie dough while sitting on the kitchen counter.
Coming to the realization that I was going to have to change the story's focus, I decided to ask my grandma if I could come over for the afternoon and interview her. She was hesitant at first and was nervous about being on camera. I reassured her that it would go perfectly fine, and it did!
When I walked into the kitchen, she was already preparing to make cookies. I went ahead and set up the camera to film b-roll. I got a couple of good shot sequences, and then headed to the sewing room to get some shots of some of her latest projects. When I was finished with that, the first batch of cookies was ready to eat!
Editing by myself was a little intimidating at first. However, once I got into the swing of things and stayed focused, it went by pretty fast with no major complications.
Overall, I had a really great time getting to visit with my grandma and at the same time produce a story.
Thanks for checking out my work, I hope you enjoy the story!