All Abilities Athletics
The first few times that I heard what a backpack story was, I kinda freaked out on the inside. I didn’t think that I could do it. Producing a story all by myself without a team was a scary thought.
Conducting interviews isn't my strong point, but I do know how to see the story in my head. I can visualize it. I started to think of what type of story I wanted to tell and I thought of my cousin.
My cousin has Autism. I thought about talking to my aunt and uncle about a story that raises awareness for kids with special needs, but I found out that they started the local All Abilities Athletics. This program gives kids with special needs the opportunity to play sports. I decided to shed some light on the what the group is about.
Considering it was my aunt and uncle, getting a date set to interview wasn’t difficult at all. The difficult part was coming up questions because it's not my strong point. However, I didn’t have to ask too many questions because they told me everything I needed to know.
Although, it was hard getting live b-roll of the group because of scheduling issues and my deadline. To help me out, my aunt and uncle ended up sending pictures to me of kids and their son to use in the story.
After all the filming, the paperwork began. Slating and logging took the most time. Figuring out the script was hard. I had to make many rearrangements to the script before I was happy with the way the story flowed.
From there, it was a breeze laying down the footage and editing the video. All of the time I was editing, my aunt and uncle kept asking when they would be able to see it.
My family was very helpful by being so flexible with times to interview. I’m very thankful to them for letting me tell their story.
The story turned out really good and I can’t wait for the next one. Perhaps a backpack story isn't so intimidating after all.