a confrontation, with cameras around. It makes great TV.
confirmation in writing that you are a ‘contributor’ (ask me why this is so important)
will not concede editorial control, but find out as much as you can.
careful not to make ‘unreasonable’ demands. E.g. demanding an as-live interview, questions in advance, or previews.
legitimate no-go question areas, e.g. commercial confidence or sub judice.
on the phone, follow up by email.
all cameras as running, all mikes on, even when they say they are not.
stop an interview midstream
are guests in your premises, so prevent opportunistic filming.
about significant changes, they must tell you.
- The less
they tell you, the more suspicious you should be.
- The later
they approach you, the more suspicious you should be.
ask if there is anything they have not told you before both the interview and
video them or they will film you doing it.
sign the release form. It makes little difference.
give them a suitable place to set up, don’t crowd them, don’t be bullied either.
leave them alone – or if you do, mike the room so you can hear what they are saying about you.
- Do give them reasonable time for the interview. 30 mins would be normal. But set an overall limit.
time for re-takes (if they are favourable to you) but resist additional filming unless you are happy.
record the interview yourself.
a transcript and send them a marked up script of your known views.
it friendly but they are not your friends.
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