Mae's story is one of the first I had the privilege of directing and editing for St. Jude. Each Patient of the Month story hits upon certain beats:
- the child's personality
- his/her home life
- how he/she came to be diagnosed
- how the family came to St. Jude
- impressions of St. Jude
- the child's treatment regimen
- future outlook
Although the families already have hectic schedules, they are gracious enough with their time to tell us their stories in an ongoing effort to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude.
We spent about two hours with Mae and her mom in our studio. We shot the video on both the Sony F3 and the Canon 5D Mark II. I lit mom with a ring light to give her interview more of an intimate, personal feel.