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The Art of Video Interviews

with Amy DeLouise and Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Learn how the pros prepare for, organize, and conduct great video interviews.
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  1. 6m 27s
    1. Welcome
      2m 59s
    2. About your presenters
      2m 13s
    3. Related courses on
      1m 15s
  2. 21m 48s
    1. Preparing for an interview
      3m 10s
    2. Planning for project goals and impact
      4m 15s
    3. Getting the results you want and need
      2m 18s
    4. Using themes
      1m 27s
    5. Background research
      5m 50s
    6. Conducting pre-interviews
      1m 46s
    7. Building your talking points
      3m 2s
  3. 28m 5s
    1. Essential gear
      5m 30s
    2. Makeup or no makeup?
      1m 50s
    3. Researching the location
      5m 11s
    4. Scouting the location
      4m 28s
    5. Arrival times
      3m 21s
    6. Confirming permissions
      3m 9s
    7. Release forms
      4m 36s
  4. 36m 22s
    1. Positioning the subject
      2m 49s
    2. Positioning the interviewer
      2m 29s
    3. Building rapport
      5m 43s
    4. Quick test: Knowing the learning style of your subject
      3m 59s
    5. Building interviewee confidence
      4m 11s
    6. Creating a story arc with your questions
      5m 20s
    7. Your role during an interview
      2m 3s
    8. Interview don'ts
      6m 36s
    9. Challenge: Edit down interview footage into a two-minute rough cut
      1m 1s
    10. Solution: Edit down interview footage into a two-minute rough cut
      2m 11s
  5. 30m 2s
    1. Essential equipment
      5m 58s
    2. Testing the recording gear
      5m 50s
    3. Recording an interview remotely with Skype
      2m 15s
    4. Building rapport
      3m 7s
    5. Audio interview techniques
      6m 3s
    6. Recording impromptu interviews
      2m 45s
    7. Challenge: Cut together a three-minute interview for a podcast
    8. Solution: Cut together a three-minute interview for a podcast
      3m 17s
  6. 18m 20s
    1. Future-proofing interviews
      3m 50s
    2. Considering multiple deliverables
      4m 32s
    3. Why transcripts matter
      2m 1s
    4. Optimal interview scheduling: Duration and time of day
      7m 57s
  7. 12m 45s
    1. How to minimize narration
      6m 10s
    2. How to avoid "Can you repeat that?"
      2m 0s
    3. Getting supporting points
      1m 59s
    4. What's the one thing?
      2m 36s
  8. 4m 28s
    1. Getting coverage of the interviewer
      2m 40s
    2. Getting lower thirds in the field
    3. Getting the interviewee to use the words you need
  9. 16m 23s
    1. The brilliant subject matter expert
      1m 32s
    2. English as a second language
      2m 22s
    3. Limited-time interviews
      1m 52s
    4. The very young
      1m 45s
    5. Couples
      1m 50s
    6. Challenge: Create a five-minute mini-documentary for public television
    7. Solution: Create a five-minute mini-documentary for public television
      6m 18s
  10. 19m 8s
    1. Logging information from the field
      3m 57s
    2. Creating MP3 files for transcription
      3m 54s
    3. Sending out for transcripts
      3m 31s
    4. Speech analysis
      4m 37s
    5. Attaching transcripts
      3m 9s
  11. 31s
    1. Wrapping up

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Don't get caught up in lighting and camera work and neglect the interview itself. Producer Rich Harrington and communication specialist Amy DeLouise team up to show you how the pros prepare for, organize, and conduct great video interviews. Learn about performing background research before you "set foot on set," positioning the subject in front of the camera, building trust, avoiding common mistakes in questioning, capturing secondary audio for use in a podcast, and much more. Amy brings years of interviewing expertise to this important subject, while Rich offers tips that will help make editing easier and reduce the amount of money spent in post-production.

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Topics include:
  • Planning interview goals
  • Anticipating interviewee's answers
  • Conducting background research
  • Scheduling interviews
  • Building rapport
  • Teasing out supporting points
  • Getting transcripts
  • Avoiding obstacles with challenging interview subjects


Rich Harrington: Hi, my name's Rich Harrington. Amy DeLouise: And I'm Amy DeLouise. And welcome to the Art of the Interview. Rich Harrington: This is a really fun class. And I'm super excited to be sharing it with you today, and Amy. Because we're going to be taking a look at several different topics that are necessary. A lot of folks when it comes to interviews get really tied up on the lighting or the camera work, but Amy, you've been doing interviews for a long time. So have I, in different environments, and there's a lot of technique and really, art form, isn't there? Amy DeLouise: It's an art form and it's also awfully fun.

I really love finding out people's stories. Rich Harrington: So, one of the things we're going to cover is, first off, some very practical techniques you can use to be prepared for the interview. What can you do ahead of time so you don't walk on set cold, the research, all of these things that you could really put together. Amy DeLouise: We're also going to cover some production advice for how to get those video interviews done. Rich Harrington: And I realize that some of you will be in a situation where you're doing the shooting yourself, and other times you're going to be working with a crew. So we're going to focus on really the things that all producers or directors need to know, so they can be a good crew member.

Now, the next thing is, is we'll talk about particular strategies when it comes to recording a video interview. Amy DeLouise: We'll talk about, what goes on in the field and how to prepare for getting there well before you set foot there. Rich Harrington: And another popular area that's quickly growing is the use of audio podcasts or radio interviews. And it's important that you know how to use these as strategies. Now, the audio interview may be the actual end deliverable, or maybe you're just using it as a way to do a pre-interview. Amy DeLouise: And of course, one of the most important topics we're going to cover, Rich, is how to get great results.

Rich Harrington: Yeah, you want to make sure that the interviews you're getting stand out as being superior, and that you get hired again. Of course, all of these getting results really tied down to how everything comes together when you go edit it. Amy DeLouise: And it's important to remember that one of the things that we have as a goal is minimizing narration. Rich and I both feel very strongly about that, so we're going to talk a little bit about pointers and tips so you can accomplish that too. Rich Harrington: And besides minimizing narration, you want to make things easier for the editor. Now, you might be editing this yourself, or you're working with an editor.

But the more work you do ahead of time to have all the pieces that you need, the quicker the piece comes together, the better it comes together, and the less money you spend during post-production. Amy DeLouise: And that's obviously an important part of getting hired again. In fact it's one of the parts of avoiding obstacles in general that we're going to address later in the program. Rich Harrington: And there are lots of things you could do to prepare for post, so that, that hand off is nice and smooth. Amy, one of the greatest challenges I see is that the production side and the post-production side don't intermesh, and what's really the, the outcome there.

Amy DeLouise: Well, it's usually a bit of a disaster. So, one of the things we're going to talk about today is how to make sure that doesn't happen. Rich Harrington: Alright, well we'd really like to thank you for joining us. And when we come back, we just want to give you a little bit about our background and then we'll jump into the course.

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