NFTS Scotland: Interviewing Techniques Online

Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Cymru Wales Virtual Classroom, in partnershop with NFTS Scotland NFTS Leeds, accessed via Zoom.

Interviews are at the heart of every kind of factual format and often deliver the most powerful, memorable moments of television. This online session will teach you how to get the very best out of your interviewees. It’s led by Nick O’Dwyer, described by the Mail on Sunday as “one of the best documentary makers and interviewers in Britain.”

The course will major on the people stuff - how to behave with your contributors so they feel safe to truly express themselves and how to ask questions so that your interviews become highlights of your films. Areas covered will include:

  • setting up an interview shoot without terrifying your subject
  • how to create trust with your interviewee
  • understanding your contributor so you can judge what will work best for them
  • how to ask questions to prompt revealing answers
  • how to ask questions so your editor will love you
  • the importance and influence of sound
  • your responsibility to your contributor – at the time and afterwards
  • how to ask the bleedin’ obvious without being rude
  • why do people talk in front of camera anyway – often about the most intimate or alarming of subjects

Nick O’Dwyer has worked as a documentary director and exec for 25 years, making some of the most memorable and controversial films of that period. In that time, he’s worked for all the main documentary strands on all the main channels. For the past 16 years, he has been executive producer for Landmark Films www.landmarkfilms.com.

The morning will be split into 3 x 1hr sessions to ensure plenty of opportunities for Q&A and breaks in between.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £100
Corporate Rate: £200

 

BURSARY INFORMATION

A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to submit your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 

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