Living with Dyslexia
by Sarah Becszlko and Payton Dubberke
Initially, we both thought that producing a story over dyslexia would be an interesting and educational topic for our viewers.
At first, we had no idea who to interview. We reached out to a few learning centers, but they never contacted us back.
Then we thought of Jackie Oetterer. We both knew that she had dyslexia. When we asked her if she would be willing to share her story, she was more than happy to help us. Jackie's interview was strong and we were working against a tight deadline, so we felt the story could best be told using Jackie's soundbites alone.
As we slated and logged Jackie's interview, we had a layout in mind for the script. We knew what would go where, so writing the script was pretty simple. We appreciated how much information Jackie shared about dyslexia in general, as well as her own personal story.
After writing the script and getting it approved by Ms. Turner, we started the editing process. We imported our footage and laid the clips out in Final Cut with voice overs.
We also included a few reporter stand ups, which are like voice overs, but the viewer can actually see the reporter speaking. We did the stand ups in the library.
Beyond the reporter footage and Jackie's interview, we also needed b-roll of Jackie. When we got shots of her working in class. We also asked her if she could send photos of her as a child. She was willing to do that, so we got even more b-roll for the story.
The rest of the editing process was super simple from there. We just laid the b-roll in the places it was needed, and we worked on the audio to keep the levels smooth.
Even though we originally had absolutely no idea how to approach this topic, we are really happy with the way our story turned out. We hope that people become more aware and educated about dyslexia. Additionally, we hope that people are more understanding and patient with their peers who live with this. Everyone should remember that no one should be made to feel "less" because they struggle academically.