Interviewing for Documentary (ONLINE ONLY)


Documentaries of any sort often live and die on the interview. It’s expected. But what makes the difference between a good interview and a great interview? And what is the proper role of an interview in a documentary? This class will examine the documentarian’s role in crafting and executing a solid interview that adds to their project. Topics covered will include types of interviews, crafting strong questions, interviewee prep, basic lighting and sound, interviewer best practices, dealing with transcripts, and working with reluctant subjects. A great course for video and audio documentarians.

Josh Dasal is an Emmy-winning film and television director-producer-writer, video marketer, and co-producer of the podcast ArtCurious. He has created/consulted for outlets like Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven, as well as producing content for businesses like IBM, ADP, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. He began teaching at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2010, and served as an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinema–TV in screenwriting, and his work has screened at venues including the Mann Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard and the Director’s Guild. He is the founder of Kaboonki, a video and podcast production firm.


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Center for Documentary Studies
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Dasal 5/30 - 5/30 Sa 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM $160.00 View