Filming big spectacle is great, flying a drone for that one brilliant shot is fun, and pulling off a tricky focus shift on the water droplet sliding down the side of a fresh cold beer is challenging. However, capturing a one to one interview with someone that has something to say is what gives me the most pleasure.
I pride myself on the feedback that I get after an interview. Comments like ‘that was really great, I wasn't looking forward to this, but you made it easy' fill me with pride. Putting someone at ease during an interview, to me, is becoming a lost art which is a shame. The more relaxed someone is means that they are more likely to share their real thoughts with you. Over the years I have talked to people about important points in their lives, such as welcoming a new child, losing a loved one, and talking about the stress of the affects of crime. In order to do this I give everyone time - time to set up (getting everything right from the filming end) and time during the interview. As an editor I know what I need from an interview, but if it takes 20 minutes of chatting to get to that great quote then so be it, I never rush the process, trying to rush somebody into giving the 'soundbite' never works (unless I'm filming a politician who only talk in soundbites).