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. 

Lunch is included for both days, other meals are on your own. Lodging is available on campus, private room & bath.  $75/night


Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is a two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer, editor, and filmmaking instructor based in Camden, ME.
Chris won his second Emmy nomination and award in 2015 from the Boston / New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his piece (co-produced with PC Student Fiona Chong through the Maine Media Workshops) about a local collector with over 100,000 pieces of Wizzard Of Oz related memorabilia with plans for opening a National Oz Museum in Camden, ME.   His previous win was in 2014 for a lyrical piece titled “The Spirit Of Winter” in mid-coast Maine.  During 2015 Chris also worked with fellow Maine Media Workshops graduate and instructor Daniel Stephens on a short film documenting the creative process of legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor, following him for over a year as he wrote and recorded his first studio album of original material in 13 years. In 2013 Chris collaborated on a short entitled “The Audition” which won the Zeiss Precision Imaging Competition (Director). 
Chris received his B.S. in Television, Radio, and Film Production from the Newhouse School and  planted roots in San Francisco, CA.  He formed and was the primary songwriter and singer for two successful bands Heavy Into Jeff (UBL Records) and Magnified (TVT Records) while honing his skills as a sound recording engineer and producer in studio recording sessions and live music recording environments throughout California.
After being released from his last recording contract, Chris again immersed himself in film and video production, eventually garnering a staff position at San Francisco production house, Beyond Pix Media where he worked as a location audio engineer, key-grip, gaffer, camera operator, editor, and eventually director of photography for clients including Jawbone, Google, Hewlett-Packard, eBay, and other Silicon Valley companies. 

“Beyond Pix was instrumental in my transition back to working in a visual medium, everyone wore many hats, and the years that I spent there allowed me to blossom as a cinematographer and editor which, along with my previous experience working with audio, gave me the ability to craft a complete story. I have never underestimated the importance and power of audio to enhance visual storytelling, it’s absolutely essential”.
In 2010, wanting to immerse himself within a small and creative film community, Chris relocated to Rockport, Maine where he has instructed classes in audio production, editing, lighting, and film production for Maine Media Workshops + College from 2010 – 2015.  His has also been an instructor in the 30-Week Professional Certification Program through Maine Media College, in the Six-Week New Filmmakers Workshops, Four-Week Film-School.  
Chris also continues to work as a freelance filmmaker with a diverse range of projects, from music videos to eco-documentaries.  He has recently completed projects for The Maine Lakes Association, James Taylor, Vanna (Vans Warped-Tour band), and STRIVE International, The American Red Cross, STUDIO (Television Australia), Patagonia, The Penobscot River Trust, MPBN (Maine Public Broadcasting), Good Focus Films, Overseas Adventure Travel, Global Community Service Foundation, Storm Warriors International, Cellardoor Winery, and others. 


Course Dates

Jun 3 to Jun 4



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