We're Just Getting Started

by Courtney Stucker

Virtual interview with Alex Fejfar from the Ames History Museum
Virtual interview with Alex Fejfar from the Ames History Museum

I don’t know how, but the past three weeks have flown by.

I guess that is just what happens when you fully immerse yourself in a story that really, truly matters. As we near the end of the initial research phase, our team is looking back through our notes, and it is quite shocking as we realize how deep into Maria Pearson’s story we have dug.

Research and learning just so happen to be two of our favorite words. Yes, it can be daunting to sift through all of the information on our film’s subject; however, none of us want to miss something important for you, our audience, to know about Pearson’s life and story.

Several days ago, our team made contact with Alex Fejfar, the Exhibits Manager at the Ames History Museum. It was our team’s first interview and we were not disappointed as the research he helped us with confirmed many of the themes present in Pearson’s life.

Although we couldn’t meet in person with Fejfar to discuss this important historical information about Pearson, Simplex Stories hopes to make the trip to Ames at some point in the future.

This week in particular, we have started to construct all of these tiny puzzle pieces together as we layout the film treatment and story structure. I would describe it as perhaps one of the most fulfilling feelings, seeing everything that your team has learned come together to make the most extraordinary picture.

Courtney Stucker is the Digital Producer for Simplex Stories. Originally from Danville, IA, she has around three years of experience in content management, social analytics, and web development. Feel free to reach her at

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