How long will it take? The interview may be a one-time event or several short sessions depending upon the needs and preferences of the subject. The term ‘interview’ is somewhat misleading. The intent is that the subject will recount their story in a free-flowing manner with only the occasional prompt for clarification or in situations where elaboration seems warranted. About an hour is considered optimum time for a single interview.
Who is involved? Production requires audio, camera, lighting and a director (interviewer). A single person may fill two or more roles. It is unusual for a production to require more than a four-person crew. The most candid recollections generally occur when the interview is private; family and friends may be interviewed at other times.
Where will it take place? The event is little more than the recording of a story or series of stories. It usually takes place in a person's home or office. Other arrangements can be made if this isn't convenient.
What will happen? The set-up for lighting, audio and camera usually takes less than 30 minutes. Once the subject is comfortable the recollections begin. The camera is left running for the duration of the interview (unless the subject requests otherwise). Many people are not comfortable having a camera pointed at them. This discomfort generally passes quickly and the presence of a camera is forgotten as events are revisited and memories are recalled.