Documentary Workshop: Interviewing


Required Materials: InFocus will provide all cameras and equipment. Nothing else is required, though you may wish to bring a USB drive to take your footage home with you!
Duration: 2 Days
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Capacity: 15 students
Workshop Fee: $199

This two-day workshop picks up with more advanced concepts in documentary and consists of instruction on Cinema Verite, audio, interviewing skills, and studio lighting techniques.

On the morning of day one, students will be introduced to observational films otherwise known as Cinema Verite. Made famous by directors such as the Maysles Brothers, this documentary format is concerned with representing truth and reality by simply observing, removing the filmmaker from the film as much as possible and not overtly using standard interviews or asking questions.

Audio is just as important as the visuals of a documentary. In the afternoon, a lesson on audio and an exercise on how to properly use microphones to record clean audio with a camera will build your technical skills. Learn about the types of mics available to a filmmaker, how to use a shotgun microphone with a boom, wireless lavalier usage and placement, and more.

Day two focuses on interviewing and how to draw an interesting story from a subject. Learn how to get a subject to relax and open up, the difference between dynamic and boring interviews, and how to build a narrative around a subject’s stories.

The workshop completes with more advanced lessons on lighting, and students will work with three-point lighting set ups, learn the principals of studio lighting including metering, color temperature, and light ratios. The three-point setup is the standard for interviews and students will practice setting up a dynamic lighting layout.

Subjects Covered

  • Cinema Verite: Shooting direct cinema
  • Developing a narrative for observational films
  • Microphone types, uses, and techniques
  • Recording audio and monitoring levels
  • Hands-on boom exercise
  • Interviewing skills
  • Identifying a dynamic subject
  • Studio lighting for interviews
  • Using light meters
  • Three-point lighting: key, fill and back lighting

Cancellation: Please note we have a strict, full fee 48-hour cancellation policy. If we receive your cancellation notice less than 48-hours before your workshop begins, you will not be issued a refund. A $30 administration fee will apply to all other cancellations.

Rebooking may be done at no cost provided 72 hours notice. Less than 72 hours notice will result in a $25 rebooking fee.

This workshop is for informational purposes only.