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As a documentarian, you are forced to shoot what’s available – no matter where in the world your shoot may take you.  When you’re shooting interviews, the setting must not only meet the technical requirements of lighting and sound, but it must also add to the story your subject is telling.
In this module you will learn what to look for in potential locations, how to work in the all-too-common hotel room or conference room, how to make sure a space is rights-cleared, and how to create a comfortable environment for your subject.
Learn to develop an eye for what will work when shooting documentary interviews on the road and enhance the look of your production.


  • 18:53 video that walks you through steps to choosing the best location for your interview shoot
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • How to find a location that serves the story
  • Set dressing techniques
  • How to scout a location
  • How to shoot in a small location
  • How to deal with rights management and clearance of copywritten materials
  • How to shoot in hotels when on the road
"This would be an excellent way to support a production course — and it gives students a way to easily review basic concepts."
   - Richie Sherman,
     Pennsylvania State University