Waiting to Drive
When choosing a story topic, high schoolers without a driver's license immediately caught my eye. I have a couple of friends who are 16 without licenses, so I knew this story was a strong story idea for my backpack.
Since I already had a couple of friends in mind that I could interview, I thought that I had it in the bag. Unfortunately, none of my friends wanted to talk about being 16 without a license. I asked my fellow classmates if they knew anyone I could interview that was at least 16 who did not have a license, and I got a couple of recommendations.
I ended up interviewing Olivia Robinson and Drew Post. I interviewed Olivia first, and she gave a really good interview. Just listening to the interview I knew that there was going to be a lot of good soundbites that I could use. I then interviewed Drew Post. He was good interviewee as well. I thought they were both able to communicate the pros and cons of waiting to drive pretty well.
When I started laying out the script, I knew that I wanted to explore all the ups and downs of not having a license. I had some trouble connecting different ideas through voice overs, but with some help from Ms. Turner, I was able to piece the story together.
Editing went pretty smoothly. I had to take a camera home to get some extra b-roll, but other than that we had plenty of b-roll from other classmates' stories and PSAs.
I sat with Ms. Turner for a day after I did all that I could in the editing bay. She helped clean everything up and finish off the story.
In the end, I was really happy with how this story came out. Everything came together pretty smoothly and I didn’t run into any big hiccups. I am very proud of myself because it was the first story I produced all by myself and I think it came out great. I hope you enjoy it, too.