Bill: I think interview film directors can learn something from
Bill: Interviews are pretty boring if they are talking heads. Smart editing, archive footage, text inserted, this all helps move the story along.
Larry: It’s not always about stories.
Bill: Well, you as an interviewer, and the conductor of an orchestra, you’re both trying to control unruly sounds.
Bill: So I’m just saying, sometimes you have to control what happens at the beginning, and in the middle, and how it all finishes.
Bill: What do you do when someone grabs the mike and won’t let go? And they keep saying, “Oh and one more thing.”
Larry: Conductors have their baton. An interviewer has that cut dead question ready.
A well-structured story generally has a beginning, a middle and end (BME). An interview may also have these components. It is however, more difficult to get the BME balance right in a live interview. Indeed, too much concern with structure can lose you those revealing remarks that make your audience suspend their breathing. Conducting an interview: having that instinct for knowing when to listen, knowing when to break in.