How to be an excellent interviewer for a film project.

A group of children demonstrate key techniques a good interviewer can employ while filming their interview for a World War Two history project.

The sixth top tip is to 'be a super interviewer!'

We're back again with the young film crew, who are interviewing World War Two veteran, Fergus Anckorn. The crews interviewer is Maya and, with the advice of BBC producer, Steve Humphries, she demonstrates some of the key techniques to employ when conducting an interview. These include: being polite, making eye contact, looking interested, listening and asking follow up questions. The importance of asking follow-up questions and how these can be used to get the interviewee to open up and give the best possible answer, is also demonstrated.

In this section of the interview, Fergus talks about his experiences of starvation in Singapore during World War Two and the things he had to eat and do to survive.

We then see two clips that demonstrate excellent interviewing by other school children, as part of the BBC's Make Film - Greatest Generation project.

Teacher Notes

Students could look at follow up questions and how they can illicit more information from an interviewee. The class could discuss air raids and you could play sounds of a raid, before they consider what questions could they ask someone caught up in it?

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.