So now I’ve been with N.E.J. Stevenson Ltd a few weeks, I’m ready to start prepping for interviews. Most of the work I’ve done prior to this has been action based – filming around the workshop and an installation in London.
I wanted to hold off conducting interviews with the employees because I feel it’s important to establish a rapport, allowing the interviewees to feel more comfortable with me behind the camera and so able to give more natural answers.
I also wanted to wait a few weeks because I was still getting to grips with my kit (tools don’t tend to laugh at you when you mess up, unlike their human counterparts) and the complexities of solo- shooting.
Last thing before I start is to consult the fountain of knowledge that is Lynda.com on how to conduct professional interviews. A good tip I picked up from the course is a simple list of things to tell your interviewee before turning on the camera:
- Don’t look into the camera, this is just a normal conversation between the two of us.
- Include the question in your answer using full sentences.
- It’s okay to restart questions or rephrase your answer.
- Can I get you anything before we start?
If you’re interested in learning more about interview techniques, you can view the Lynda course I’m using here.