To facilitate the integration of Indigenous health knowledge with the core subjects in the Master of Public Health, Alister Thorpe, lecturer in Indigenous Health and Sheila Scopis, Lecturer in curriculum development, Indigenous Health, wanted to develop a series of video interviews with Indigenous leaders in government, health, academia, and community.
We were approached by the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health to produce this series of twenty expert online interviews, both in Melbourne and at a rural location, to be recorded intermittently over a 12-month period.
Our approach – seeking authenticity
In order to be highly responsive to the availability of interviewees, and to produce interviews with a consistent look and clean sound, we chose to record in the controlled environment of our Studio 1, in the Parkville campus.
Several studio ‘looks’ were trialled, and a soft white background was selected as the most appropriate.
A strong personal engagement between our audience and the interviewees was desired, so we decided not to include any additional illustrative video images or Alister, the interviewer. Instead all interviews were recorded in 4K (ultra-high definition) which allowed us to cut between a mid-shot and a close up of the interviewee when editing was required within a response.
For the rural interviews we travelled to Shepparton and recreated all of the onscreen attributes of our Studio 1 in Parkville as a pop-up studio in the Department of Rural Health.
As part of an implementation package for staff, we also collaboratively a produced a short case study video, explaining why and how the team undertook the project.