Documentary and Factual Television Workshop 2
TVNZ, 100 Victoria Street, Auckland Central
6pm for a 6.30pm start

After a very successful part 1 workshop last week we are bringing you the 2nd instalment to the documentary and factual television workshop.

This workshop is focussed on documentary and factual television which remain popular genres in Aotearoa New Zealand and vary enormously, stretching from reality, popular factual, obs doc through current affairs to theatrical, festival and even interactive and transmedia documentary.

Our presenters are Professor Annie Goldson and Producer / Director Kay Ellmers.

Workshop 2

In this second, follow-up workshop, we will explore the use of the interview in more depth given it is a building block common to most documentaries. We will explore a number of topics:

  • Who should you interview?
  • What is balance, objectivity and fairness?
  • Interview preparation
  • Maintaining spontaneity and seeming authenticity
  • Development of question lines
  • Impromptu interviews
  • What happens when interviews go 'off-script'?
  • Should you include questions in the edit?
  • Visual style - framing, lighting, location, focal length etc.
  • The idea of a master interview, and when to do it
  • Single IV vs. duals or groups - advantages and disadvantages
  • Ethics 1 - how far to do push subjects
  • Ethics 2 - what they might reveal
  • Ethics 3 - when might and should you intervene?

Please note you don't need to have attended the part 1 of these workshops to attend part 2, they are independent of each other.

Date: 17th October

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: TVNZ, 100 Victoria Street, Auckland Central

Members free.  Non-members $15.  Drinks and nibbles provided.


Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.