Video Interview Project


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Part I - Questions

Part II - Planning Reproduction

Part III - The Interview shoot

Part IV - Editing - Post Production


Part I Questions

Answer the following questions:

Shooting Interviews

1. Explain the following terms:

a. IV d. Two Shot
b. Guest e. back cut
c. One-shot d. noddy

2. A video interview is often considered as a conversation between three 'types' of people, describe these three.

3. Give some general guidelines on the framing of interview shots.

4. Explain the four basic types of interviews; Studio, Remote, Mobile, VoxPop

5. Give some guidelines for editing the cuts between the interviewer and guest.

6. What are some tips for creating good lead-in and lead-out space.

Interview Questions

7. What are the three goals that most interviews try to achieve?

8. What is meant by open ended-questions compared to closed-ended questions?

9. What is a Leading question?

Part II Planning

-Choose a topic to shoot for an interview, have this topic approved by your teacher

-Research your topic so you will have a basic knowledge of the subject

-Create a list of questions you will ask during the interview.

-Decide who are the people you will try to interview on this topic.

-Choose the location and scout the location for lighting, sound, obstacles, etc.


Part III Shooting

-Shoot your interview, remember these tips

These are very general tips which apply differently to different situations. Use your judgment to decide when and how to use them.

Dress appropriately, or at least dress with a purpose. Your appearance will influence the way interviewees respond to you.

Try to be unique, so it's not just another interview rehashing the same questions the subject has answered many times before. Don't push this too far though — if you try to be cute or disarming it may backfire.

Be honest. Sometimes it's tempting to lie or omit important information when securing an interview. This isn't just unethical, it will damage your career in the long run.

Don't have an attitude if you want a quality interview. A confrontational approach is less likely to get good information.

Stay neutral. Try not to ooze bias. Don't appear to be persuaded by the subject's opinions. Don't judge or directly criticize the subject.

Show empathy. Often you will need to cover sensitive or distressing topics. Show some compassion for the subject without getting too emotional. Ask for permission before asking difficult questions, e.g. "Is it okay to talk about...?"

It's not about you. Don't talk about yourself or add your own opinion. Your questions can be long enough to add information or interest about the topic, but the interviewee is who the audience wants to hear from.

Take an interest in psychology. Interviewing is very closely associated with psychology. The better you understand how people think, the better you will be able to extract their thoughts from an interview.

When you finish the interview, put your notebook or recorder away and have an informal chat. As well as being polite and leaving a good impression, you might be surprised at what additional information flows when the subject thinks it's all over and is more relaxed.

If you missed a question from the interview, you might be able to call the subject back later and get the answer. You get one shot at this — call them back twice and you'll probably be out of luck. Obviously the call-back will be more difficult for video interviews, but you might still be able to voiceover the answer yourself during the story.


Part IV Editing

Edit you interview into a final project