how to Interview Team Roles

This is one set of suggested "team roles."table-setup

P1 and P2 – Primary Interviewers - these are the TWO key interviewers who are responsible for asking questions, dialoging and moving the interview forward. Although others present are welcome to contribute, these Primary interviewers are charged with the interview.

P1 and P2 need to determine their team strategy - generally among:
"Chronological/topical" - each determines who is going to take the lead during which parts of the interview. Often one will take early childhood, one will take adolescence, one the key focus point of the interview (eg., time in concentration camps), one later in life, etc. While P1 has the lead, P2 is listening intently for follow-up question opportunities. P1 could maintain lead throughout the interview as an option.
"Tag Team" - P1 asks, focuses on carefully listening for follow-up knowing that P2 will move forward with next key question. "My question, your question, my question, your...."
"Chaos Theory" - free flow

S1 and S – =Secondary Interviewers - these are essentially "active observers" and can be eliminated if a smaller team is desired. Their main tasks are to show interest/attention to the subject as well as to listen for key follow-up questions, eg. "When was that?" "Who were you with?" The Secondary interviewers are welcome to ask questions, but should defer mostly to the Primary interviewers.

C1 – Camera Operator - this person runs the camera - attending to sound, focus, framing ("rule of thirds"), panning, tilt, zoom and wide-angle. The Camera Operator is ALSO part of the interview team and should be listening for follow-up as well as jumping in to ask questions. It is important to maintain eye contact if the C1 asks questions - position self just above the camera monitor so eye contact can be maintained while periodically glancing at the camera monitor.

C2 – Camera Operator - this person focuses primarily on helping to assure C1 is attending to sound, focus, framing ("rule of thirds"), panning, tilt, zoom and wide-angle. C1 and C2 can trade off.

O1, O2, and beyond = Observers - these people are ACTIVE observers, also sitting close and preferably at the table. You are welcome to ask questions that are direct follow-ups or clarifications of what is immediately being discusses.