Given that I’m busy for the entire day right this moment and provided that I haven’t managed to complete the transcriptions for my different interviews, I figured it’d be good to speak about one thing that has to do with interviews… however usually appears missed… and that’s: Doing written interviews is tough.
There are loads of intricacies to interviews that many individuals might not find out about, really. Obviously, I’m included in that as effectively. I didn’t find out about loads of this for ages!
For starters, there’s a enormous distinction between interviews that you simply do in individual and interviews which might be written from the start.
When you ship somebody questions and so they reply them, they usually suppose rather a lot about what they wish to say or they only ship you solutions that they already had ready in case particular questions are requested.
You don’t actually get shocking or “interesting” solutions due to that. A whole lot of it feels a bit off or too practised if that is sensible. Especially while you discuss upcoming video games, for example, you type of wish to hear solutions that contain new info that isn’t already coated in press releases, trailers, and retailer pages, in spite of everything!
Recently, I talked to somebody from TellTale Games, for instance, and as you’ll see when that interview is out, I wasn’t in a position to get any new data on The Wolf Among Us 2, which for my part was a little bit of a bummer… however I additionally don’t wish to price somebody their job, haha.
When you file interviews spontaneously, nevertheless, you will have an opportunity of getting distinctive views and fascinating solutions from folks while you catch them off guard. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a unique reply as effectively. Talking to the Creative Director, the Game Director, the Lead Designer, the PR individual, the Narrative Designer or the Art Director (or another title) will yield totally different solutions to the identical query at instances, which I personally discover somewhat fascinating and thrilling!
But in the case of really transcribing recorded interviews right into a written format, there are intricacies to what you may and can’t do or somewhat what you must and shouldn’t do.
Changing the wording?
There could also be instances when you may change out a phrase for one thing else if you understand what they meant however wish to phrase it otherwise to make it shorter or much less wordy… this, nevertheless, is typically frowned upon as a result of it modifications the interview’s character.
People have totally different mannerisms, methods of talking, and admittedly, vocabularies. By altering phrases, inserting phrases, and even translating issues, you may find yourself falsifying what folks stated. On prime of that, you could find yourself altering the course of the interview and basically including an opinion to the interview that isn’t the interviewed individual’s however somewhat your individual – one thing you must keep away from.
Obviously, you may right sentences by including phrases in order that they turn out to be readable – however then you definitely’ll want to obviously label that, usually indicated by brackets of varied shapes. If I keep in mind appropriately, paraphrasing phrases requires you to make use of sq. brackets. Inserting phrases requires regular brackets. When you permit out issues, you do the “(…)” factor. There are some guidelines to it, which is good because it permits the reader to grasp what folks even have stated and what you inserted.
But whilst you shouldn’t change the wording and phrasing of interviews, you may omit sure issues so long as it doesn’t change the that means of sentences.
As an instance, I used to incorporate “Uhm” and different filler phrases in interviews. I simply take away these as a result of the folks I interviewed weren’t skilled audio system or no matter. They’re folks. If they’ve to consider one thing, a “Uhm” or two makes their means into the recording, clearly. I additionally did point out ready for a very long time for a solution in an interview as soon as – one thing I corrected later, I feel. Don’t try this. That’s unhealthy.
Meanwhile, you’ll must query when so as to add line breaks and when so as to add punctuation and stuff. It generally is a bit onerous to estimate when the fitting time for that’s in a written interview as folks will usually formulate lengthy sentences that get prolonged time and again through conjunctions.
I have a tendency so as to add line breaks the place they make sense, particularly when paragraphs have gotten too lengthy. At the identical time, I generally will take away an “And” and add a interval within the center there earlier than persevering with the sentence.
It makes the studying expertise higher with out falsifying the contents.
My key recommendation for anybody attempting to deal with interviews which might be recorded in individual however transcribed for an article can be:
Question twice, write as soon as!
Ask your self what the that means of a sentence is.
Then ask your self if altering the punctuation in the best way you wish to do would change the that means of stated sentence.
If the reply is sure, don’t do it. If the reply isn’t any, go forward.
At the identical time, you could marvel if particular components are mandatory for the reply to the query – and once more, you may go away issues out.
At final, when the reply doesn’t fairly match the query, change the query. Word it otherwise in order that it suits the reply.
At least, that’s my recommendation right here. Doing interviews is enjoyable however in case you ship folks a bunch of questions, that will not find yourself going too effectively – one thing I realized this time round as effectively.
Rather, I loved doing the in-person interviews once more much more than the earlier interviews I did and I feel that the work that comes with transcribing them actually is price it due to how fascinating the totally different views on sport design are!
What do you suppose? Are there different issues that individuals ought to be careful for? Did I get one thing flawed? Did I let you know about one thing you didn’t know already? Let me know! Would love to listen to your ideas!