Interviews are the foundation of documentaries and are critical in conveying story. From a production standpoint, a great interview can look deceptively simple, when done properly. However, the process of planning and shooting an interview is one that requires preparation, attention to detail, and expertise in multiple disciplines including creative camera control, lighting, and audio recording.
This two-day class will teach students how to conduct a successful interview with a focus on preproduction and technical planning, location considerations, crew options, logistics, and creating intimacy with an interview subject in a short time period.
In-class demonstrations and exercises will allow students to rotate through the positions of interviewer, interviewee, and director of photography/audio engineer. Students participating in this class should have basic knowledge of manual camera operations as well as knowledge or the desire to learn basic lighting and audio recording techniques.