I wanted my first “solo” story to be 100% my own. I had a few ideas about story topics, but my favorite one had to do with a couple of my best friends. If it weren’t for the fact I knew them so well, I don’t think I would have known about the weighted blankets they had made.
I wanted to tell their story. I knew that there were a lot of people out there who didn’t know these girls like I did. I felt that they needed to hear what these girls had done for the community, too.
Telling this story came quite easily to me. I had asked Addie, Tailer, and Anna at lunch on the day that I thought of the topic if they would be okay with doing a few interviews for the TV show. Thankfully, they were more than happy to.
As they told me more about their project, I discovered the teacher who assigned it to them was Mr. Ryan Leatherman. I then scheduled a time to interview him. I wanted his thoughts and opinions, too. It turned out very well.
When all of the interviewing was over with, I needed to get b-roll. This was more of a challenge for me because the project had already happened. I called South Point Elementary School and asked the secretary there if Addie, Tailer, Anna, and I could stop by and do some filming. I’m so glad they said yes!
After I got a hold of South Point, I knew I needed some footage of them sewing together. I then called Washington Middle School and spoke with their secretary about borrowing their FACS classrooms’ sewing machines. The school's secretary was very nice and asked that I get a hold of their Principal Mr. Millheiser and FACS teacher Mrs. Harrison. With a few emails, I got the okay!
After filming, I began to slate and log. Once that was finished, I began writing my script. I was so proud of my interviews. There were so many things I would have loved to put into my story, but due to time constraints I did have to cut a lot out. That was probably one of the most difficult parts in making this story, but luckily Ms. Turner helped me pick out the most important pieces to keep.
The actual editing process took me a little longer to completely figure out and finish, just because I am new with the whole process. But it wasn’t hard. With the help of my classmates and Ms. Turner, I got everything looking great. I stayed after school here and there to really get things looking the way I wanted them to. The time I spent outside of class working on this story really paid off.
I’m proud of my final project. With the extra work and time, it all came together nicely. I can’t wait to see how others react to this story.
I think what these ladies did to help the community was amazing. I’m hoping that this can inspire others to make a positive impact, too.