"I much prefer radio... on TV an old man looks like an old man!"
We make the recording in the comfort of the interviewee's own home. The whole process is unhurried and usually takes a few hours. Our digital recorder is unobtrusive, so it's easy to have a conversation and forget it's there.
"I was a bit nervous before the interview. I thought I'd get a grilling like on the Today programme, but Claire just encouraged me to relax and reminisce, so I found much to my surprise, I enjoyed myself!" Dawn Penso
Before we arrange the recording, we help them to prepare, so that they can make the most of their portrait. This involves thinking about what they want to cover and writing down a few bullet points to jog the memory. We may also talk to other members of the family to ask what favourite anecdotes they'd like included.
Alternatively, they can just leave it to us to ask the right questions and not worry about it beforehand. Indeed, this spontaneous approach can be joyfully fresh and equally successful, as we remove any awkward bits afterwards, during the editorial process.
They may also like to think about any music they'd like to include in the recording, or whether they'd like to read a favourite poem, or have us record a special sound. This can add great colour and personality to the portrait.
Once the recording is complete, we cut and shape it all together to produce a sympathetic, insightful and enjoyable portait. Our editorial direction aims to be affirming and celebratory, while honoring difficulties and challenges the interviewee may have experienced.
We use professional editing software to ensure a structured and seamless result that is interesting and flows well.