How to Get Great Interviews (IE1-1260)

Apr 04, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

Registration Information
Early Bird Registration for How to Get Great Interviews (IE1-1260)
Sale Ends: Mar 20, 2018 11:59 PM EDT
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Regular Registration for How to Get Great Interviews (IE1-1260)
Sale Ends: Mar 31, 2018 11:59 PM EDT
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Late Registration: How to Get Great Interviews (IE1-1260)
Sale Ends: Apr 05, 2018 10:00 PM EDT
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Event Description


Want to learn how to get amazing interviews, whether you are making a documentary, an oral history project, or capturing your own community or family stories? There are as many ways to shoot interviews as there are styles or subjects of documentaries. It’s important to make a decision early in terms of what stylistic approach you have for your project and what style of interview works best.

This three-hour workshop will give you insights into different approaches to interviews, what to consider when setting up and filming an interview, and a chance to get some hands-on experience setting up and conducting a one-on-one interview. Make the most of your time with each subject and learn how to get the best possible interviews for your documentary.


Adele Schmidt is no stranger to the Docs In Progress community.  As the co-founder of the organization in ​​2004 and staff member from 2009-2010, Adele was instrumental in helping the organization expand beyond its signature work-in-progress screenings to provide a full array of educational, professional development, and mentoring programs for emerging documentary filmmakers. In addition to more than 15 years working as a producer, director, editor, and consulting producer for award-winning long-form documentaries and short feature films, Adele has extensive teaching experience in film and video production -- at American University, Catholic University of America, Fairfax Public Access TV, and at a film school in Mexico City. She has also served as a panelist for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, reviewing applications in the disciplines of writing, philosophy, history, and media arts.


$65 Early Bird Registration Fee (Register/pay through 3/20/18)
$75 Regular Registration Fee (Register/pay through 3/31/18)
$85 Late Registration Fee (Register/pay 4/1/18 until filled)

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it. 
Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space, advanced registration is highly recommended.
Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class. 
If you are paying by credit card, select the "Paypal" option (you can pay by credit card even if you don't have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form. 
If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select "Pay by Check or Wire".  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:
Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Write the name of the workshop in the memo line)
Your registration will be completed once your payment is received. 


Docs In Progress 
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Docs In Progress is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland at 801 Wayne Avenue.

We are in an office building located at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Cedar Lane (behind the St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church which is behind the Whole Foods parking lot). We are an easy walk from Veteran's Plaza (the ice rink), the Silver Spring Library, the Silver Spring Metro station, and parking options.

From the Silver Spring Metro, you can walk up Colesville and then up Wayne Avenue for the shortest and most direct route or stop on Ellsworth or other nearby streets if you are planning to eat first.

If you prefer an alternative to the 12 minute walk from the Metro, check out the free RideOn VanGo 28 Circulator Shuttle. Ask the driver to let you off at the stop closest to Wayne and Fenton. From there, we are only a block up Wayne.

If you are driving, there is limited visitor parking in the lot behind our building (enter from Cedar). Please do NOT park in any spots which say Employee Parking. If the lot is full, the nearest parking garages are the Wayne Avenue Garage or the Town Square Garage (enter from Ellsworth or Roeder). They are each noted on the map below with a P. On weekdays, parking is $1 per hour until 9 pm if you enter the garage before 7 pm. If you enter the garage after 7 pm, it is free. Parking is free on weekends. Both garages are open 24/7. Please DO NOT park in the Whole Foods Parking Lot since they have stringent towing enforcement.

Once in the office building, take the elevator down to the G level and you will find us in Suite G-100. If you need to enter the building with a ramp, you can do so from the back of the building where the parking area is (there are limited visitor spots there too).

If you arrive at our building after 7:30 pm or are coming for a Sunday program, you will also need to enter from the back of the building and get buzzed in using the door buzzer since the building is technically closed at that time. Once buzzed in or, upon exiting, please do not hold the door open for longer than 30 seconds since it will set off the alarm.

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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