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Getting the Best Interview for Your Documentary

Starts February 10

In-person. 1 session: Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The interview is at the core of most documentary projects and getting it right can make or break your project. This workshop will focus on the procedural elements that can help you to get the most out of your subject and the technical elements that will make it look and sound professional. We’ll discuss who to interview and how to get that interview, how to structure your questions for different situations and effect, how to support and direct your subject, and how to get what you need for the cutting room. A hands-on technical session in the afternoon will include options regarding where and how to stage an interview, including composition, lighting, and sound. There is a lunch break.

Excellent first-hand knowledge and depth of information. Competent, organized presentation. Instructor stayed on track and covered the ins and outs of the topic. —Winter 2023 student

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.

Tuition: $180 regular | $145 member | $115 low-income

Julie Parroni, MFA Maryland College Institute of Art, is a documentary film editor and multi-media artist who has taught media production and editing at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Howard University in Washington DC.

Prior to teaching, Julie worked for over 20 years as a documentary film editor in New York City. Her professional career has been devoted to documentary with a few exceptions. She has worked with diverse directors on a wide range of projects for public, network and cable television, movie theaters, and museums. Throughout her career, she has worked in all phases of production, from research and pre-production to videography and sound recording, to picture and sound editing. 

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those needing to cancel a registration at least 7 days prior to the first class session, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to the first class session, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
  • By registering for this FilmNorth class you are agreeing to our Community Values Statement.




February 10
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Julie Parroni
Registration Deadline
February 9
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1 session: Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am-4:00 pm