Media Studies KS2: Finding the right interviewee

In the first top tip BBC producer, Steve Humphries, and a group of children show the importance of choosing an interesting character to interview for a film project.

They explain that producers and interviewers should look for a lively character with a strong voice.

The children meet someone with these characteristics; a World War Two veteran called Fergus Anckorn, who has a remarkable story to tell.

This is then followed with two clips of interviews made by children around the country as part of the BBC's Make Film - Greatest Generation project.

In the first clip a Naval veteran describes how he had to track planes when he was a gunner, while in the second a lady describes her childhood air raid experiences.

Both of these interviews combine archive footage with voice over and shots of the interviewee.

This clip is from the series Filming our Greatest Generation.

Teacher Notes

This could be used as a prompt for discussion about oral history projects.

You could use it to introduce the concept of using open and closed questions to get the most out of interviewees.

Ask the children to consider what questions would they have asked the interviewee?

Pupils could also look at the format of the interviews and develop planning, editing or storyboarding skills with regards to filmed interviews.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Media Studies and History at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at Second Level in Scotland.

More from the series Filming our Greatest Generation

Using archive footage or photographs
Good interview questions
Choosing a good interview location
Setting up film shots
Recording sound for an interview
Interviewing techniques
How to edit your interview
Using music in a film project
Adding voiceover to a film project.