The Secret to a
by Emma Piar-Shaw,
Kaden Meyer, and Sarah Becszlko
Our team was immediately drawn to the idea of producing a story involving a marriage that defies the statistic of the US divorce rate. At first we had the idea of telling the story of Kaden’s grandparents, but they weren’t comfortable being on camera. So, we decided to contact one of Emma’s friends, because her grandparents had just celebrated their fifty-first anniversary. Thankfully, the Obermarks were quick to agree.
Our interview with the Obermarks ended up being quite long, but we knew that they gave a lot of great advice for young newlyweds, and had some great insight into what it’s like being a married couple. We got some b-roll of Kenn in his shop, of them reading together, a bunch of pictures, and some shots of the signs Kenn makes.
Slating and logging was a fairly quick process since we only had the interview of Kenn and Carol. Before putting the script together, we knew that we wanted to put the voiceover with statistics at at the very beginning of the story. After that, the story was very easy to piece together.
We decided to include a part where Carol talked about making doughnuts with the kids, but we needed b-roll for it, so we asked them if they would be willing to let us film it. We’re really glad they let us join them for this family tradition to get b-roll, because we think that b-roll stands out the most in the story.
When it came time to edit, it was a fairly easy process since we had all of our b-roll already. When we were first writing our script, we were afraid that we didn’t have enough to fill the story time requirements, but our story ended up being over three minutes long. We overshot it by over a minute!
Thanks to MT, we were able to cut down the story to a more manageable length. After laying everything out, we just needed a few more shots of antique shops to fill the parts where they talk about going on road trips and stopping by different flea markets and antique shops.
Overall, we really enjoyed creating this story. The Obermarks couldn’t have been better candidates for what a successful long-lasting marriage should look like. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!