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How to Film a Documentary Interview in 60 Seconds

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This post is part of a series called 60 Second Video Tutorials.
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About Documentary Interviews

Welcome to Documentary Interviews in 60 Seconds, in which you can learn a skill or technique in just a minute!

Documentary Interviews in 60 Seconds

Interview in a documentary is normally to satisfy one of two criteria. I'll explain both of these as well how to shape your questions, in 60 seconds.

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What You Need to Know About Documentary Interviews

Interviews are a great way to add credibility to whatever it is your documentary is about. Always use open questions. Who, what, where, when, and why? Who was there? What did they do? Where did it take place? And why did it happen? These lead to longer answers and allow the interview subject to expand on their information.

Documentary Interviews

To aid in editing have the subject re-frame the question in their response. What did you see is question to ask in the beginning, which should lead to "I saw...and so on." Always ensure that the information your interviewee offers is accurate.

Asking Documentary Interview Questions

Want to learn more? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail

Learn more about Documentary Filming on Envato Tuts+:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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