Sorry about the lack of posts recently, I’ve been working like nobody’s business. #excusesexcuses
I do want to give you a quick heads up about The Vancouver Recipe, a documentary on which I was a bit of a hired gun interviewer. As Senor Poster above says, it’s airing at 7:00 tomorrow (Saturday). Set the PVR, or, you know, watch it live if you’re all retro like me.
The basic premise involves chefs talking about what makes the Vancouver food scene what it is, from the actual ingredients we can access here, to the mix of different ethnic backgrounds, the extremely active dining culture, and the chefs who actively choose to live and work here.
At least I think that’s what it is.
You see, as per my hired gun reference, this is one of a few projects that I’ve taken on recently where I’m not involved every step of the way. In place of pitching an idea, doing all of the interviews, writing the copy or script, and then being intimately involved with the edit process, I’ve shown up on the day of the interview (after doing some prelim research, of course), done my best to engage with the interview subject and evoke thoughtful, heartfelt answers, and then strolled away.
In some ways, it feels like I’m on the other side of the table, the one where interview subjects usually are. What’s the direction of the story? What clips are being used and why — how are they being positioned? What’s being written into the story? Where does each person fit into the overall piece? etcetera etcetera etcetera
Not only am I not able to answer these questions, I’m asking them myself. I’ll only know, I guess, on Saturday.
I do know I suggested including certain people versus others, and that I loved having the time to have nice long interviews with the subjects — a luxury compared to the world of daily news. I also know in our conversations that the chefs spoke knowledgeably and passionately about what they do, guided in a tiny way by the focus I had thought about in advance, and the question line I crafted.
I love interviewing. I mean, I seriously love it. It’s one of the best parts of being a journo. And truth be told, being a hired gun has a more immediate financial return than taking a project entirely from concept to completion. It may also create a better overall product, with individuals able to step in and perform tasks at which they excel, rather than having it entirely handled by a jack of all trades.
It is still a little strange for a control freak like me to step away from the process. I’m looking forward to checking out to the results on Saturday night.