Interviews can be very fraught, and the doco-maker has to be prepared for it. Jasmine describes her experience with an interview that unexpectedly became very emotional. What should she do? Sounds like she handled it very well. We’ve got to be prepared for how to handle unexpected consequences of interviews – and some of this boils down to the sort of doco you want to make, and the level of personal confrontation that you are wanting to use.
It is very tempting to follow the issues that arise during your interviews into new territory. Tracy, for example, blogs about a new issue that has arisen for her community that she didn’t originally think of.
You have to be very careful about changing the focus half way through. It will probably mean that you can’t just ‘shove’ the new theme inside what you already thought about. You have to change the whole strucutre and argument of your documentary. If you have already got a lot of material that doesn’t address the new theme, it will probably not work.