Teens Raised in Homes Without
their Biological Parents
by Sarah Becszlko
I wanted my first-ever solo story to be meaningful. I knew I wanted to cover something that isn't really talked about, but is a big issue and needs to be talked about. Covering teens that live with someone that isn't their biological parent really stood out to me.
At first, I had no idea who to interview. All I knew was that I needed a counselor. Mrs. Richard was available for an interview and that helped a lot. The hard part was finding students to interview. Some people who are in this situation would rather not discuss it. That made it difficult to find people who were willing to be on camera. I asked Ms. Turner for some help. She asked her other classes if someone would be willing to speak out about their situation. This is when Julie and Mykaila stepped forward. I also found out that Christian would be willing to talk when BJJTV staff member Colton Souders suggested him. Thanks to Ms. Turner and Colton, my story was taking shape!
I wrote down a few questions and got quality interviews from everyone involved. I'm very thankful that they all were so willing to share their story on camera. I wouldn't have been able to make this happen without them.
After the interviews, I slated and logged all of the footage. By then, I was looking at what would be some good clips to use, and where and when to use them. I had thought about putting their stories, advice, and how their experiences shaped them into the story. Since every interview was good, it was a little difficult to choose which parts to use.
When I started my script, I laid everything out while paying careful attention to both the audio and video. I placed my voice overs in and came up with what I had to say and when to say it. When I got my script approved, I started editing.
During the editing process, finding b-roll was the most difficult part. I also had to cut my story down some because it was longer than the average stories that we usually produce. It was tough to cut some soundbites because like I said before, I had a lot of good interviews to choose from.
I got photos from Mykaila and Julie, along with some b-roll of Christian in class. Ms. Turner helped gather some screenshots of articles on the internet about this topic. I laid some of that in the story and then the story was done.
I'm really proud of how the whole story turned out. I achieved my goal of bringing awareness to this topic. I hope individuals who are going through this situation reach out to trusted adults for some guidance or advice.