MA project: Arranging interviews

It has been a week since my blog post introducing my MA by practice project, titled: In the wake of a growing threat from international and home-grown terrorism, should the public accept less privacy in exchange for greater security?

I have so far secured an interview with a former director of GCHQ, and continuing contact with representatives of political parties, and privacy rights groups. One key individual who I had hoped to speak to, David Anderson QC, was the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. He, unfortunately, has been called to lead a review into the handling of recent terrorist attacks and is unable to comment for my project.

A different angle I am also looking into is the psychological side of counter-terrorism legislation; not just what the privacy concerns are but more the emotional side too. I hope to speak to experts in psychology to learn more about this – and feel it could be an interesting approach to explore.

Moving from the content to the production, I am yet to begin any technical work on the final video, however after mapping out the video journey, I know what types of elements I am going to look at creating – and how/when they will appear in the video. One element I hope to use on a continuous basis throughout are extended interview clips – where an ‘unedited’ version of each interview is available to view.

The idea of allowing the audience to watch an unedited video from an interview was intended to provide transparency, and to give further context to the clip used in the primary video. I sometimes found, as a member of the audience myself, that some interview clips in news packages lacked context, or appeared to be missing the point I hope that by allowing the audience of my video the opportunity to watch the whole video, there would be no ambiguity over what the interviewee says.

By next week I’ll have a better understanding of what interviews I am still missing. I will also have made progress with my own contributions to the primary video, in voice-overs and pieces-to-camera.

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