Picture the scene. You’ve got a brand new camera and bought a high-quality microphone. You’ve planned the ‘look’ you’re going for and know exactly how you’re going to light the shot. The tripod is set, the lights are on, a nervous looking interviewee walks into the room and sits down on the perfectly placed chair. You press record, check the sound levels and…now what? What do you say? What questions do you ask? What do you do if they aren’t comfortable on camera? What do you do if they’re nervous and can only manage you one word answers?
Jamie Copperwheat was a clinician in a bereavement and mental health service before he became a filmmaker, working with people who were going through really difficult times and encouraging them to share their story. For eight years he was able to experiment with lots of different techniques to encourage people to talk openly and comfortably.
In this guide he shares what he learnt in that time, taking us beyond the gear and exploring various techniques and tips that will help you to conduct and produce great interviews. Following Jamie’s advice, you’ll be able to get the very best out of the people you’re filming – ultimately making better videos.
He guides us through what to do before you even turn up to the shoot, planning what questions you will ask, how to prepare your guests and how to make the person you are filming feel comfortable. You will also learn how to convert your questions into ones that will get the best answers.
Ramp up the quality of your on-camera interviews with Jamie’s insight, knowledge and tips.”