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Foundations of Video: Interviews

with Anthony Q. Artis

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Industry-proven techniques for producing and shooting interviews.
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Foundations of Video: Interviews
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This course introduces new and experienced videographers to the process of shooting quality interviews. Documentary filmmaker and instructor Anthony Artis shares his industry-proven techniques for planning and pre-production as well as staging and lighting. Using a combination of on-camera lectures and on-location examples, Anthony shows how to direct interview subjects and avoid common interview pitfalls.

Topics include:
  • Choosing the right mic
  • Mounting the mic
  • Scouting locations
  • Using backdrops and cycloramas
  • Getting single-camera and double-camera coverage
  • Making your subject look good
  • Crafting interview questions
  • Editing the interview


(music playing) The thing I love most about shooting interviews is the challenge of working with real people. Every single interview is different, and each subject has their own unique story to tell. The challenge for us as filmmakers is to capture the very best words and images to tell that story in a way that our audience will find engaging and compelling, no matter what the topic.

Interviews--essentially talking to someone on camera--might seem like a simple- enough affair, but what you have to remember is that just like everything else in filmmaking, the professionals that do it well make it look easy. But the reality is that a lot of planning, forethought, and effort goes into any good video interview. My name is Anthony Q. Artis, and this course is Video Interview Techniques. In this series of movies, I'm going to teach you just about everything you need to know to conduct and capture a great interview on video.

I'll be focusing on the technical issues of production and shooting, but also on the very real practical and psychological issues that you need to fully grasp if you want to get the best results from nonperformance on camera. Some of the specific topics I'll be covering in this course are how to craft a good set of questions, what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a location, and how to stage your interviews so they also visually help to tell your story. I'll also do my best to debunk some common misconceptions about shooting interviews and give you some of the insider tips that I've learned the hard way over the years.

I'm the author of the Shut Up and Shoot Filmmaking Guides and I've been teaching filmmaking at NYU film school for the last eleven years, and I'm excited to share this brand-new interview course with you. So take notes, listen and learn, as we jump into video interview techniques.

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