Tips from Ira Glass, an American Public radio personality and producer of This American Life, on audio and video making.

Video I

  • Start with an anecdote, a story in its pure essence, a momentum that helps even the most boring facts becoming compelling.
  • Raise question and answer them.
  • Moment of reflection, the “bigger something” why you are listening to the story, and flip back and forth among facts and moment of reflection that support them.

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Video II

  • It’s hard to find a creative, interesting stories, and it takes a lot of time- don’t give up!
  • Kill, abandon crap if what you are doing is boring or not interesting- Be ruthless!

 

Video III and IV

  • Good taste, helps you recognize if you are doing good.
  • Don’t stress every other word, talk normally like yourself, don’t try to imitate anybody you hear on TV or radio.
  • Interact with other people you are interviewing and leave the others space, don’t have too much of you talking and nothing on the other person or vice versa.

 

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