The Art of the Video Interview

What You'll Learn

Compelling interviews are essential to good story telling in video, documentary and TV. However, getting an informative, dynamic, and emotionally connected interview is often much more difficult than you'd expect. Lights, cameras, nerves, difficult subject matter, self consciousness and fear often make people freeze up, close down, and give bad interviews.

In this interactive 3-hour course, you will learn how to create an environment that is comfortable for you and your interviewee, how to prepare yourself for the interview, how to prepare your interviewee for the interview and how to conduct an interview that draws out the kind of emotion and information that works for your project.

We'll also explore the balancing act of what you want out of your interviewee versus where the interview can go naturally, and how to get responses that are easier to edit into a story.

Presented By Madeleine Pollak

Madeleine Pollak

Madeleine Pollak is the Executive Producer of Pollak Productions, Inc, which she founded in Boulder 8 years ago. She is a six-time Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and director, who has worked on a diverse range of TV programming including: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, TLC, Dr. Phil for CBS, HGTV, among many others. She has also worked with major corporate clients such as The US Olympic Committee, American Express, Visa, PayPal, Crocs, Coors, Microsoft, Oracle, Bank of America, and many more. Madeleine has also written, directed, acted, and coached for live stage and has appeared on camera.

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Madeleine is extremely knowledgable and provided great feedback to the class' questions.anonymous
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Comments For: The Art of the Video Interview

Madeleine was an amazing instructor. She is incredibly personable and makes everyone in the room feel like she is listening to them and is there to support their learning. She used a great mix of hands-on activities and sharing of her own experiences. The three hours flew by! I would definitely take another class from Madeline.Ileana on 3/26/2019
"Wonderful instructor, very knowledgeable and flexible."Karen on 1/15/2016
Madeline was fabulous, providing a wealth of real world experience from her years in the field. I particularly appreciated the role playing, as it very much helped to visualize ourselves holding court as the interviewer. It was a great class and I was happy I attended.Todd on 4/17/2015
Madeleine is extremely knowledgable and provided great feedback to the class' questions.anonymous on 1/5/2015
Madeleine is a gifted speaker and highly talented in her field. I am creating testimonial videos for my startup company, and Madeline's recommendations and experience are invaluable. I'd recommend this class to anyone! ~ Beth Marvel // Agile-Strategies.comBeth on 9/30/2014

Chapters for The Art of the Video Interview

Chapter Name Start Time (HH:MM:SS)
Intro / Your Job as an Interviewer 00:00:00
Exercise - Small Talk 00:12:03
Beginning the Interview 00:12:22
Logistics - Right Person 00:15:44
Logistics - Clear Speech 00:17:35
Logistics - Appearance 00:18:16
Logistics - Willingness to Share Story 00:18:53
Logistics - Are They Understandable 00:21:31
Logistics - Make-up and Tissues 00:25:01
How to Handle Emotional Situations 00:26:35
Logistics - Grammar 00:28:21
Prep and Research 00:29:26
The Interview / Questions 00:33:50
Questions on Paper 00:46:23
Logistics - Clothing 00:48:57
Location and Lighting 00:50:34
Instructor Background 00:53:36
Day of the Interview 00:58:25
Exercise - Day of Situation 01:00:34
Speaking from Experience 01:09:52
Listening 01:19:53
Exercise - Body Language 01:25:07
Exercise - Short Answers 01:31:58
Details 01:43:56
PR Interviews 01:48:38
Exercise - Too Much Info 01:51:01
Hand Talkers and Other Distractions 01:59:45
Questions 02:05:23


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