You cant get there from here. That is exactly what
will happen if you do not plan your transportation
requirements early. The availability of transportation
varies from command to command. Regardless of
whether your unit has its own vehicle or you rely on a
motor pool, advance coordination is necessary. In some
cases, the organization you are assigned to cover may
provide transportation. However, you should not
depend on it. Getting to the interview site is your
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the equip-
ment considerations that apply to radio and
You must pay particular attention to the technical
aspects of interviews, especially those for television. As
you discovered in Chapter 14, any television production
is a complex team operation, which means a lot of
planning will go into the interview.
As the talent of a studio interview for television,
your involvement with the actual setup procedures
(lights, cameras, etc.) will be limited. You must remain
focused on the task at hand preparing for the
The opposite is true when you shoot interviews at
remote locations. You will be accompanied by another
member of the ENG team, and between the two of you,
you must handle the duties on both sides of the camera.
The following is a checklist you can use to prepare
for a television interview at a remote location:
Check your equipment cables to make sure you
have the right ones and they are all working.
Check all batteries the day before the interview.
If they are not sufficiently charged, you can
charge them overnight.
Pack a sufficient amount of videocassettes and
make sure they are either new or bulk erased.
Check the condition of the camera and the
Run a test with the camera, recorder and
microphones to make sure each component
Inventory all of your gear the camera
viewfinder, cables, microphones, spare batteries,
spare videocassettes, headsets, lighting gear and
other necessary equipment.
Run a test of the lighting kit to make sure it works
Check your transport cases and containers to
make sure they are available and are in good
condition with working latches.
Use the following checklist to help you prepare for
a radio interview:
Check the record and playback functions on your
reel-to-reel or cassette tape recorder. Make sure
you are recording at the right speed. If necessary,
clean the heads or have it done by an engineer.
Make sure the microphones are working and
check the quality of the audio. You may have
state-of-the-art equipment and the best technical
crew around, but it is best for you not to leave
anything to chance.
If batteries are used to power the recorder or
operate the microphone, make sure they are fresh
and take along spares.
If you plan to use AC current, make sure there is
an electrical outlet close to the interview location
and that the power cord will reach.
Spot-check the playback after the interview to be
sure you have something on tape, but do not give
the interviewee the opportunity for a retake.
HELPFUL INTERVIEW HINTS
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Recognize the
helpful hints used in radio and television
You have selected the interview method and format,
arranged the interview, researched the subject,
formulated the questions, arranged transportation and
checked your equipment. Everything is on track and
pointing toward a successful interview. What else
should you do?