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Documentary Interview Techniques

Documentary Interview Techniques

London College of Communication
Taught by
Chester Yang


This course will give you a thorough knowledge of some of the different techniques for interviewing in documentaries. Interviews are often used in documentaries, to allow people, to give their opinion and insight or a sense of realism and credibility.

Through a series of discussions, workshops and practical exercises you will explore different techniques and styles of interviewing. By the end of the course you will have the confidence to interview confidently in a variety of different filming situations.

Topics Covered

  • Preparation
  • Building rapport
  • Body language
  • Questioning
  • Active listening
  • Positive silence
  • Interviewing for the edit
  • Formal and informal interviews
  • Static and moving interviews

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Develop rapport and engage with interviewees
  • Ask questions that produce good answers for the edit
  • Interview confidently in a variety of film situations

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for you, if you have an interest but no experience in documentary film. You may be an artist, web-designer, media professional or student.


Follow Up Courses
This course can be taken alongside Documentary Storytelling and Documentary Self-Shooting: Introduction to give you a sound introduction to documentary filmmaking.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke documentary interview techniques courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page or view a Sky: News Interviewing Skills Training case study.

Tutor Description

Chester is an independent filmmaker based in London with over sixteen years experience in making documentaries, news and corporate videos for TV, web and VOD platforms.  Chester has shot on various DSLR cameras like the Cannon 5D and C100, Panasonic AF101 and Sony FS-700.

Having developed editing skills using Final Cut Pro (FCP) 7, FCP X and Premiere Pro, Chester has directed, produced and marketed his own films worldwide which has taken him to film festivals around the world. He is presently writing a feature film and is in postproduction on two documentaries. Chester has worked in Sierra Leone, across the UK and Europe. He has over six years experience in teaching filmmaking to secondary schools and colleges in London.

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