Jun 29 , 2020

Workshop: Interviewing for documentary with Nick O’Dwyer

  • When: 29th Jun 2020, 10:00-11:15
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

This session is aimed at researchers, APs and new directors who want to get the very best out of their 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 session 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

Speaker

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 .

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.