Looking ahead —
You will need to complete AT LEAST six one-hour interviews with family members for our genealogical documentaries.
If any of you are going home for spring break, it may be a good time to get some interviews done.
That will require that you procure your microphone and tripod so that you can record the interviews (and after each one, be sure to upload it to a dropbox or google drive folder so it doesn’t eat up all your storage). You should also be equipped with an idea for how you will be conducting your family history interviews. This short article will help you get started with ice breaker questions and life history collection tips. Be sure to ask your family members about other family members, particularly those who’ve passed away.
Other things to consider:
- Always test your equipment: before you invite your interview subjects into your interview space, do a test, get everything arranged and make sure your microphone works.
- Lighting: if you are capturing video, and want to use it in your final documentary, you’ll want to think about how you are lighting your interviewees’ faces. Here are a couple of short tutorials for the optimal arrangement, but I don’t expect you to be able to replicate what these folks are doing exactly. Obviously you will not have all the high-tech and expensive lighting equipment. Do what you can to work with the available light – this post will be really helpful for your in-home settings.