Important Interviewing Tips for Documentary Filmmakers

Important Interviewing Tips for Documentary Filmmakers

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Steve and Jens are joined by award-winning documentary filmmaker Mark Moskowitz to talk about interview styles, tips to stay on topic and relax your interviewee, and why it’s important to know your subject better than they know themselves.

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Mark Moskowitz wrote, produced, and directed the upcoming 10-part series “It Was the Music.” Among other programs, Mark produced and directed the award-winning feature-length and theatrically released documentary, “Stone Reader”, picked as one of the ten best films of 2003 by many critics. For the last five years he’s made commercial length docs on cancer survivors for one of the world’s top treatment centers. Mark is best known for his documentary work on behalf of hundreds of Democratic political candidates. He has directed across a wide range of real events, from commercials for Presidential candidates to national independent expenditures, to entire media campaigns for women and men in eleven different countries.

Jens Bogehegn has been shooting, photographing, producing & inventing in the film & photographic business since 1985. Jens worked on films like “The Untouchables” “Waynes World II” and “US Marshals”. Also a Steadicam owner/operator in the 1980’s and 90’s. Bogehegn and Weiss have worked together as Director and Cinematographer since 1986. Jens is a co-founder with Weiss of Zacuto USA and currently Head Product Designer. He continues to act as Director of Photography on Zacuto Films projects and has won multiple Emmy, Telly, Webby and other international awards.

Steve Weiss is an Emmy winning Director/Producer with over 700 commercial, corporate, documentary, and fashion projects to his name 1983-2001. Steve Produced/Directed 9 different web series a total of 89 episodes from 2008-2017 and documentaries “Light & Shadow” 2012, “Cole Soul” 2016. Currently, he’s producing/hosting Zacuto Live 2018. Steve and Jens founded Zacuto USA in 2000 and still design every single product. Both have been avid supporters of web TV, informing, educating and inspiring the indie film community for many years, with shows like Filmfellas and Critics. s