How to choose a good interview location

Under the guidance of BBC producer, Steve Humphries, the children demonstrate why a good location is essential when interviewing for film.

It's the day of our young film crew's interview with World War Two veteran, Fergus Anckorn. Under the guidance of BBC producer, Steve Humphries, the children demonstrate why a good location is essential when interviewing for film. The importance of comfort and relaxation for the interviewee is highlighted, along with the need for both space and quiet. Different lighting conditions are discussed and tested. The interviewers are also reminded to be polite and courteous at all times. While the crew continue to welcome Fergus and make their final preparations, we see two clips that demonstrate well chosen locations from interviews made by children around the country, as part of the BBC's Make Film - Greatest Generation project. In the first clip, the difference between wartime food and today's food is discussed, whereas, in the second, a mother tells her story of being evacuation with a child.

Teacher Notes

Students could use the advice highlighted in this clip to identify suitable locations within their setting to conduct an interview. They could experiment with a camera and different lighting to explore how best to use their chosen locations.

Curriculum Notes

This topic will be relevant to teaching Religious Education at KS2 or KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 2 or 3 in Scotland.