Let's talk about one of the best ways to tell your story... interviews. Not the boring news-style talking heads, but dynamic descriptions from friends and family that drive your video story forward. This episode of Media Notes shows you why asking the subjects of your movie to help you tell the story can create engaging moments.

When we shoot home movies we usually just spray the camera around the room. Hosing down the event as if the place was on fire. We see Uncle Ed in the corner, there is Aunt Ethel at the table, and look, there is the toddler unwrapping a gift. It is a string of random moments with little connective narrative. So start shooting BRIEF interviews of your subjects. Have them tell you what they are doing, how they feel, what is important about the day or the event, who they are, why they are there… I think you get the idea. This is your chance to play journalist and ask them who, what, when, where, why and how.

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