Ten Hot Tips for Shooting Your Documentary Interview

The interview is the cornerstone of the documentary film. And therefore mastering the conducting of the interview is not something to be taken lightly. It is an art form unto itself. But sadly, many take this age-old journalistic practice for granted. And because of it, risk unusable content for their film or worse, yet, maybe even alienating their interviewee! Conducting a proper interview will give you thoughtful, insightful, and/or provocative sound bytes in which to cut your documentary film.

And so here, in Episode 25, I’d like to provide you with ten hot tips for your interview practice…


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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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