I’ve recently conducted two rather lengthy and rather interesting interviews: Interview with Thomas Mann (IST605 – Information Resources – Users & Services) and Cloak and Dagger Interview With the FBI.
Each of the interviews ran about 45 minutes with transcribing (editing my notes really) taking another 30-40 minutes and editing per the interviewee requests taking another 10-15. At roughly 1.5 hours times 2 this is 3 hours. I thought I could do better faster thinking that this time expenditure was way too long.
I wanted to interview Dr. R. David Lankes about his presentation techniques and methodologies and, thinking I was smart, did a video interview. This had to be faster than a phone interview. I imagined myself shooting the interview, downloading it to my computer, ad some zippy effects via iMovie, and post it to Youtube or vimeo – just like the Apple commercials. I wouldn’t have to do any transcription. I could just post it online. Well that’s not how it’s turned out thus far.
So far this has taken me:
- 20 minutes to come up with a question script
- 35 minutes to do the actual interview
- 30 minutes to upload to my computer
- 45 minutes to import to iMovie
- 18 minutes to upload the iPhone segment (I shot this in HD and my memory card ran out of space and had to use my iPhone)
This is 148 minutes so far or 2.466666666666667 hours. I haven’t even started the post-production on the video (which will be me joining the two videos and posting to YouTube or Vimeo – can’t wait to see how long that will take).
I thought the long and protracted process would make a good blog post. This post is my long way of saying that you’ll have to wait for the video and that I either need to find a faster way to do video interviews or stick with the telephone.
I’m going to make a separate post for the video to give it the respect it deserves.