The story began when we were picking topics. One automatically drew my attention. Self defense caught my eye because my mom and many other people I know have taken a class or two.
The crazy thing was when I was at home talking about this new story I was working on in class, Angie, my soon to be step mom, said she took a class in college because of the rough part of town she was in. I was excited to learn this about Angie because that meant I could interview her, too!
I interviewed both of them and was pretty confident about my story. I had to find someone else to interview and I thought a self defense instructor would be perfect.
I gave him a call and set up and interview ASAP. After a brilliant interview with him, I was delighted with the footage I had setup.
I knew it would be hard to put together with my lack of editing experience, but I was up for the challenge. I layed it all out and then ran into a brick wall (hypothetically speaking). I had such good interviews, but I forgot all the elements that make a great story. I was missing b-roll.
I had practically nothing. I only had a couple shots of the self defense building, but that was it. I went home and asked Angie to show the camera a few moves she had learned. Granted, she took the class 15 years ago she did really well remembering them.
I was feeling good about the story again. I picked up more shots of the self defense place. Then, Ms. Turner sat with me two days later to finish up the story and lay the b-roll out.
Overall, it was a lot of fun to produce this story. I really appreciate the people I interviewed because they were fantastic.