Capturing Passion: Interviewing to Engage Any Audience
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Quality content is vital for your videos, content and brand - use interviews to greatly boost your business
4.5 (38 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,556 students enrolled
Created by Paul Jenkins
Last updated 7/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $200 Discount: 95% off
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Conduct professional, successful and brand-boosting interviews
  • Boost your brand with fresh and expert content
  • Generate quickly and easily original content to use online or offline
  • Plan interviews the right way for speed and success
  • Record interviews that punch through visually and will great sound
  • Edit interviews the professional way to rapidly get great results
  • Distribute your interviews to reach the maximum audience
  • Leverage your interviewing prowess for personal branding
  • Extend your interview content to other media and platforms for extra branding and profits
  • Deepen your relationship of trust with your target audience - this is invaluable
View Curriculum
  • No prerequisite knowledge is needed - the course guides you set-by-step, A to Z
  • No specialist equipment required; you can master the skills and the course gives advice on what equipment to buy later

Originally designed for those conducting video interviews, this course is finding favour also with those interviewing on audio (podcasts, radio) and for text (articles, blogs etc). The lessons you learn here can be applied across all these formats.

Did you know that interviewing is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to rapidly create quality content that will boost your business in multiple ways?

Whether it be on camera, podcast or for blogging?


Be taught by a proven expert

Start doing fantastic interviews, with no outlay and no experience whatsoever.

Become an accomplished interviewer rapidly and easily by following this course.

"Thorough explanation of interviewing for video, covering all the essentials, pleasantly explained at a pace that is just right for most people."

This course was designed primarily for video interviews - the hardest form to master - yet will give you the skills to apply across any medium. Video, audio or text. When you can do it for video, you can easily for it for the other mediums. Plus - you can re-purpose video content into the other mediums.

Once you know the key techniques and approaches, interviewing is a very effective way to generate fresh and original content that can punch through the multitude of dross out there.

It's a key tool for you to boost your brand, reputation and business!

If you're looking for great interviews without some study and effort, please don't take this course. You'll need to study the course, step-by-step and implement its teaching to enjoy success. All you need to get started is the time to follow the course, a pen and paper and willingness to learn.

"I have learned so much that I can and will apply to my craft. Thank You!"

NOW includes step-by-step slides to help you progress rapidly!


About this course:

  • Over 2000 happy students!
  • No previous experience, equipment or anything else is required
  • Full, free lifetime access
  • All future extra lectures and upgrades are always included for free
  • Unconditional Udemy 30 day money back guarantee-that's a personal promise from me to you of your success!
  • Now includes full set of slides to help you quickly follow the lectures

"Although I'm only training for having interviews in my podcast, Paul's course is a great help. He provided me a lot of helpful details, especially in the "Interviewing is an Art" section. Especially the lessons about preparation and how to raise questions were extremely supportive."


  • Outstanding interviews every time that help build my brand, reputation and income
  • Interviews that attract audiences and positive reviews around the world
  • Excellent relationships and interviews with leading personalities in politics, business and the online world

"Now much more confident to get out there and interview relevant people. An interview, well done, will add immensely to my product as well as provide valuable insights to my niche. Thank you :)"

You won't need any prior experience or specialist equipment to get started with this. I show you how to approach, plan, conduct, edit and distribute interviews of whatever length. I go step-by-step, and hold nothing back.

I give concrete examples of how to plan and conduct great interviews. You are not only getting a course in this essential skill, you're getting insights into how a professional film director thinks, plans and executes his work.

Regardless of whether you have experience in filmmaking and interviewing already, this course will help you hugely to advance your skills to immediately start creating outstanding content for your blogs, social media, videos and films and elsewhere.

"I was really impressed not only at Paul's knowledge of every aspect of video interviewing, but also at his easy way of talking me through it. He has clearly thought through some of the subtler issues, like video's capacity for conveying emotion better than other media can. This is a really thoughtfully designed course that will help people who need or want to learn all the ins and outs of video interviewing."

You'll learn:

  1. What is a great interview
  2. Why do great interviews
  3. How to use interviews
  4. How to plan the interviews
  5. How to think about the three key choices with video interviews
  6. How to choose the interviewee
  7. How to choose locations
  8. An insider technique called “magic hour"
  9. Why time planning matters
  10. The “art" of video interviewing
  11. How to structure and plan an interview
  12. Why “emotional intelligence" is crucial for success
  13. What kinds of questions to ask and why
  14. How to get the gold in video interviewing
  15. How to achieve technical perfection with your video interviews
  16. How to save time and money when editing video interviews
  17. How to become a star interviewer and use this to enhance your reputation and brand

… And much more!

Who is the target audience?
  • Marketers
  • Online marketers
  • Bloggers
  • Social media users
  • YouTube channel owners
  • Affiliate marketers
  • Wedding Videographers
  • Social Event Organisers & Videographers
  • Event Videographers
  • Video enthusiasts and hobbyists
  • Personal Development
  • Coaches and Personal Development Coaches
  • Yoga and Health providers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Leisure and Tourism businesses
  • Course creators
  • Online course creators
  • Udemy Instructors
  • Academic and Further Education Institutions
  • Advertisers
  • Public Relations specialists
  • Communications specialists
  • Internal communications
  • Videographers
  • Journalists
  • Film makers
  • TV producers
Compare to Other Interviewing Skills Courses
Curriculum For This Course
52 Lectures
The What and Why of Great On Camera Interviews
2 Lectures 04:52
Why Do Great Interviews instead of 'normal' interviews?

How Can I Use Great Interviews to boost my brand, reputation and profits?
How to Do Great On Camera Interviews Step by Step
1 Lecture 01:33

A closer examination of exactly how the main teaching will be divided, with a word about the significance of the parts

Preview 01:33
Section 4: Planning
8 Lectures 17:11

Not all interviews can be planned, but all interviews should be planned - if possible

Preview 01:59

With so many factors at play to achieve excellence in on-camera interviewing, it's easy to get caught up in the detail and forget to plan the main objective first.

Define the Outcome First - how to visualise the end result for maximum success

The principal planning points you MUST consider for success

The Three Key Choices: Person, Place and Time - why they matter and how to think

The secret of how to choose interviewees who will deliver the gold time and again

How to Choose Your Interviewee - this is not at all obvious, though it seems so

The crucial importance of light for on-camera interviews, and the necessity to plan for how it behaves

How to Choose Locations - the professional approach to making the most with this

Magic Hour Secrets - one great professional tip which will pay huge dividends

Time Planning: Audio - this is essential to ensure your interviews go to plan!

A summary of the planning process to ensure you have caught the main points of the teaching

Recap on Interview Planning to help you get an overview of what you've learned

Planning Quiz to help ensure you've absorbed the key lessons before moving on
3 questions
Step by Step: The Art of On Camera Interviewing. Get MAGICAL interviews.
13 Lectures 33:28

How to think of yourself as an interviewer, and why it matters

Preview 01:15

The pro way to approach interview construction at the planning stage

Structuring and Planning an Interview - how to do this quickly and effectively

The principal ways to think about interview structure

Structural Approaches in Interviewing - there are different kinds of interview..

A key secret to achieving memorable and excellent interviews, without which your interviews are likely to be flat and dull

The Emotional Connection - this is ABSOLUTELY crucial to achieving excellence

An error made by many interviewers, even professionals. You can learn to avoid it.

Talking Out and How to Avoid It - a costly mistake even the professionals make!

The right way to warm up your interviewee at the start of the interview

Warm Up Questions - step by step how to warm up the right way and get underway

How to ask the RIGHT type of question to ensure success

Open Questions and How to Do Them - how to get complete answers for editing

Another common mistake, which will make editing interviews a nightmare. Here is how to avoid it.

Overlaps and How to Avoid Them - another big mistake even professionals make!

The right way to do follow up questions to ensure you get what you need, and the gold.

Follow Up Questions and How to Do Them - the right way to max out every answer

The very best interviews have the 'magic', the 'gold'. Here's how to get it.

How to Get the Gold - IMPORTANT LESSON! This will make the all the difference!

Sound bites are a necessary evil; here is how to get them and turn them to your advatage

Sound Bites and How to Get Them - sometimes you'll need them, this is how to get

This is a crucial step at the end of every interview, that more often than not will save you

The Catch All Closer - this will rescue many an interview, and transform some

Recap on The Art of Interviewing to give a quick overview of what you learned

The Art of Interviewing Quiz to help you learn WELL!
2 questions
Step by Step: How to Record Your On Camera Interview. Get technical perfection.
12 Lectures 57:03

The Number One technical consideration, even though this is a course about on-camera interviewing

Audio Perfection: Essential Steps to Get a Great Result time after time

The pro way to consider lighting choices from a technical perspective

Getting the Lighting Right: the Things You Must Know to get your editor's love!

How to position the interviewee for the best result on camera

Interviewee Positioning: Simple Tricks to Get An Amazing Shot without pain!

How to position the camera and interviewer to get the very best result

Eyelines and Framings: Camera & Interviewer Positioning to get meaningful shots

This lesson recaps the previous two lessons in a schematic plan view to enable you to get the right shot

Putting it all together - schematic walkthrough to explain how to set the 'room'

Technical considerations behind microphone positioning, and why it matters

All About Microphones and Microphone Positioning - easier than it seems!

Backup audio is easily done - here's how

Backup Audio Solutions and How to Use It - this will save you one day!

How to ensure your audio levels are the right ones

Audio Levels: How to Know You Are Getting It Right, and see when it's gone wrong

How to do the crucial technical test immediately prior to full record. A step even pros forget

Technical Testing: Miss This Step and Regret It Later! Do it quickly & easily!

How to do reverse angle shots the right way when using a single camera

Reverses and Noddies: Don't Be 'Naff', Be Professional to get editable results

BONUS: Using Google to Learn About Composition and Framing, a walkthrough lesson

How to record your on camera interview - a quiz to help you learn BETTER
3 questions
Concrete Case Studies
5 Lectures 12:35

How to use the interview samples and commentary; and a word about the video quality within them. NB the image in this lecture is fixed.

How to Interpret the Interview samples to quickly absorb the lessons within

Sample of an interview the instructor directed, with commentary to explain how it was done

Gorbachev - an interview I directed, and how we set it rapidly to get the result

Sample of an interview the instructor conducted, with commentary to explain how it was done. Don't worry about the jumping picture - what matters is the setup

India - how to get a great interview with MINIMAL equipment and tough conditions

Sample of an interview the instructor conducted, with commentary to explain how it was done

Example of an interview while walking - moving interviews can be great energy
How to Edit Your On Camera Interview
2 Lectures 05:28

How to edit interviews the right way for efficiency and impact

Sync Assemblies and Rough Cuts - rapidly and comprehensively get the good stuff
How to Distribute Your On Camera Interview
1 Lecture 01:14

The best ways to distribute your interviews online

Choices of Distribution Platform - good places to upload your video interviews
How to Utilise Your On Camera Interviews and Skill
3 Lectures 06:56

How to enhance the skills you have learned in this course

Preview 03:42

Interviewing and Networking - a MAJOR side benefit of video interviewing

How to extend the value of the interviews you conduct

Back End Value on Interviews - how to extract the maximum content value online
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Paul Jenkins
4.3 Average rating
630 Reviews
16,961 Students
18 Courses
Film Director & Author

Effective and creative storytelling is an essential part of success in many walks of life - and fun when you do it right, because you feel the 'flow'.

Film and video techniques and visual storytelling can add much to your overall creative output, and be highly satisfying and impactful arts in their own right.

The techniques I teach, I use daily as a professional documentary film director and author.

In my courses, you'll get insights, strategies and working methods that I've developed over 20+ years while making films for the world's top broadcasters (BBC, PBS, ARTE etc). These days, I also make film trailers and corporate films.

My teaching style is to guide you through the processes that matter - explaining why they matter - in a personal, 'fireside' fashion. 

You also get direct access to me through the Discussion area of each course. This means that any challenges or questions you have can be resolved directly. 

I'm very open to feedback, therefore please feel free to feed ideas for lectures and courses to me and I'll do my very best to accommodate.

See you inside the courses!