The Art of the Video Interview

What You'll Learn

Compelling interviews are essential to good storytelling 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.

A video of this class is available for immediate viewing from only $35!

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Bonus! in-person registrants can purchase the video at half-price after attending the class!

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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"Wonderful instructor, very knowledgeable and flexible."Karen
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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


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