Learn how the pros prepare for, organize, and conduct great video interviews.
- Hi, my name is Rich Harrington - And I'm Amy DeLouise, and welcome to The Art of the Interview. - This is a really fun class, and I'm super excited to be sharing 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 art form, isn't there? - It's an art form and it's awfully fun. I really love finding out people's stories.
- [Rich] So, one of the things we're going to cover is, first off, some really 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 can really put together. - We're also going to cover some production advice for how to get those video interviews done. - [Rich] And I realize that some of you will be in the 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 that they can be a good crew member.
Now, the next thing is, is that we'll talk about particular strategies when it comes to recording a video interview. - [Amy] We'll talk about what goes on in the field, and how to prepare for getting there well before you set foot there. - [Rich] 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 end deliverable, or maybe you're just using it as a way to do a pre-interview. - [Amy] And of course one of the most important topics we're going to cover, Rich, is how to get results.
- [Rich] Yeah, you want to make sure that the interviews you're getting stand out as being superior, and you get hired again. Of course, all of these getting results really tied down to how everything comes together when you go to edit it. - 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] 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 of 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] 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] And there are lots of things you can do to prepare for post, so 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 inter-mesh, and what's really the outcome there? - 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.
- 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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- 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