Filmmaking: After Time Spent Interviewing, Editing, Remember Story Is King

When I started putting my energy into how to tell the best stories, I was able to see some dramatic results in my preparation, conducting of interviews and editing.

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The worst interview I ever did, that played, took four hours to film.

I remember thinking, “this guy is terrible,” as he rambled, his thoughts weren’t cohesive, he wouldn’t repeat the question in his answer and he slouched.

The final piece came out OK, but it took forever to cut that much footage down to 3-5 minutes.

“Story is king” is not referring to the cool parts of the story that turned our heads.

The biggest problem, though, with the interview was me.

I spent all my time before we filmed looking for a cool spot, finding creative elements, setting up all the cameras and the jib - but none of my time was spent dealing with the story.

Pastor said to film it, so I scheduled it and then the guy showed up. I was banking on the hope that the story would come and I would chop it up to the right length. The guy rambled, though, because he was nervous. My fault. His thoughts weren’t cohesive, because I didn’t lead the interview with intention. My fault. He wouldn’t repeat the question, because I was trying to say stuff for him and he would just go, “Yeah, that happened.” My fault. He slouched, because the interview went so long that I got tired of asking him to sit up. My fault.
   
A couple years and many frustrating editing sessions after that, I was turned onto the idea of structure. I would hear the motto, “Story is king,” and think, “Got it.” But “story is king” is not referring to the cool parts of the story that turned our heads. The biker on meth story is dramatic, but structure is how you tell it. When I started putting my energy into how I tell the story, I was able to see some dramatic results in my preparation, conducting of interviews and editing.
   
Here are some tips on how I structure salvation stories that are intended to play in a church service.

Three Act Structure

   
Act 1: Life as normal and then something happens that disrupts that life.
Act 2: The subject of your story deals with the disruption head on.
Act 3: Then there is a new normal that is a synthesis of what they have learned and experienced, that they carry with them after the journey.


More About Nathan VonMinden
Nathan VonMinden is the creator of www.VisionMakersCourse.com, and has produced and directed hundreds of short films and the award-winning feature documentary Uganda Man (2011). He has spent the last 13 years serving in large churches as a full-time filmmaker and live producer. He currently serves the church by producing films, lyrics videos, and live production. Nathan is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently producing new films about Bible Smuggling and the Challenger disaster. Feel free to email Nathan with any questions or ideas at nathan@visionmakerscourse.com.
Get in Touch: nmvonminden@yahoo.com    More by Nathan VonMinden

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