The Art of the Interview

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"The Art of the Interview" "A step-by-step guide to conducting fresh, insightful, and marketable Interviews for Broadcast or Print. The author uses anecdotal examples from his 40-year career to illustrate key techniques: Leonard Bernstein, Gore Vidal, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Zappa, Peter Townshend, Sarah Vaughan and many, many more."
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Overview

"The Art of the Interview" "A step-by-step guide to conducting fresh, insightful, and marketable Interviews for Broadcast or Print. The author uses anecdotal examples from his 40-year career to illustrate key techniques: Leonard Bernstein, Gore Vidal, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Zappa, Peter Townshend, Sarah Vaughan and many, many more."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738823119
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Reviews 5
Foreword 15
Acknowledgements 19
Intro: Read This 23
Why interview? 25
From Beginner to CNN--and beyond 25
1 Definition 29
Define: Interview 30
Working Definition 30
Stubborn Molars 31
Only Two Rules 31
Stage Fright 32
The Golden Pen of Maestro Szell 32
Three Ways of Looking at an Interview 33
1) Interviewer as Hero 33
2) Interviewer as Accompanist 33
3) The Kinesthetic Leap 35
Socrates: The First Interviewer? 36
The Interview as Search 37
2 Formats and Media 39
Skip this Chapter... 40
Print 41
Broadcast (Taped and Live) 42
"Long Form" 42
Network Interview Specials 44
Local Specials 45
Quickies: Featurettes and Sound Bites 45
Featurettes 45
Sound Bites 46
Investigative Interviews: Caveant Omnes 47
Live 48
Oprah and other Talk shows, Call-ins and Jerry Springer 50
Live Event Coverage: Concerts & Games 52
Other Mutants 54
3 Preparation 57
What's at Stake? 59
An Interviewer Prepares... 60
... Or Doesn't (at his/her Peril) 60
Caveat: 'Openness' 61
Areas of Preparation 64
Motivational 64
Why Am I Doing This Interview? 64
The Assignment 64
"Spin" 65
Other Limits: Prohibitions 67
Location, Location, Location 68
At Home With 71
Other Prohibitions: Twenty Questions 72
Practical Preparations 73
Next! 73
Booking 73
Short-timers 73
Beats & Repeats 74
You Need a Friend 75
Facilities, Materials and Crew 77
Transport of Delight 77
People Skills 78
Tape's Cheap (Don't leave home without it) 79
The Fruits of Your Labors 80
Actual Questions 81
Your Own Experience 81
4 The Interview Itself 83
All that's past is Foreplay 85
Time: The Key Element 85
Attitude: School's Back In 86
Choose a Role: Everyman, The Director, and/or The Fan 87
1) "Everyman" ("Master/Disciple") 87
2) The Film Director 89
The Actor's Director 90
The Accidental Director 91
Musicians 92
3) The Fan 93
All of the Above 95
"Rolling!": Markers, Sticks and Slates 95
TV 96
Radio 96
Off-stage preliminaries 96
The Opening Question 97
Wrong 99
The Virtues of Gushing: The 'Power Gush' 102
The Follow Question 103
Vital Signs: Using Your Stethoscope 103
The Big Silence 104
The Hard Question 106
The 'Bingo' Question 108
Bingo! 112
Summarizing 113
5 Special Situations 115
The Hostile Guest 116
'Propaganda' Interviews 118
Promotional/Publicity Interviews 120
Twin Troughs 121
Live in-studio/on location 122
Multiple Subjects (guests) 124
Dangers/Caveats 126
Routinism 126
Confusing Life and Art 128
6 Interview as Art 135
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