The Road to State: WHS Boys Soccer
by Megan and Matt
We both thought that the Boys Soccer Team would be a great topic to cover, and our choice to tell their story was rewarding in many ways.
We felt that it was important to get a lot of b-roll from their games, and get the players input rather than focusing only on the coaches. Since we are a teen-produced television show, we wanted the story to have a teen voice.
At first, it was pretty easy to get a few interviews since we have some good friends on the team, but the timing of the story, and the interviews became quite interesting.
The first interviews we got were from two Seniors Marcus Berariu and Gabe Lopez, and Junior Ottmar Escalante. It just so happened to be the day after they got their big win against Webster Groves. The interviews went really well, but we could tell it was gonna be hard to find an exact angle we wanted to take with the story.
However, the team's accomplishments made finding our focus a bit easier.
We began writing the script, but kept having to stop because the team kept winning! So, we had to keep postponing the rest of our interviews.
Once the boys made it to the final four, we knew the story would have to include this moment. The weekend of November 10th and 11th was critical. The team made it to the State Championship and ended up taking second overall.
We knew that when we came back to school that Monday we had to get interviews with more of the players, because they would still be very emotional about it. We didn't want to let too much time pass.
Our next set of interviews were with Junior Jeremiah Collins, and Senior Conlan Jarvis. We wanted to get their perspectives on both the State Championship and the season overall.
After getting all of our interviews done, it was time to get to work. Trying to get all of the boys in the story and have their sound bites flow was a challenge, but with the help of our adviser (MT), we narrowed down our interviews and laid them all out.
Then, it was time to start putting in the b-roll. Finding good b-roll was pretty difficult just for the fact it's hard to film soccer because the ball moves so much. It's a fast-paced sport! Luckily, we had a lot of footage to choose from.
The last thing we had to do was add in our voice overs from our finalized script. We worked hard to make sure all of the interviews, voice overs, and b-roll flowed together well and made sense.
Overall, we had blast creating this story. It was an awesome learning experience for the both of us! We spent a lot of time and effort on this story. It is our hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed producing it. Thank you so much for watching!