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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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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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