is it a good idea to prep people ahead of time before filming

by Mickey MacKenna
(Vancouver BC Canada)

Question: I am doing a documentary about transgender escorts and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to prep people ahead of time before filming?

Answer: Absolutely, you should prep people before filming (if at all possible). Who likes for a camera to just show up in their face with no explanation? The only time you wouldn't prep someone is if it's a news story happening in the moment or you're getting "man on the street" interviews.

Your question is a bit vague about "prepping". I would not recommend giving exact questions that you will ask in an interview. Just give people a general overview of what you're doing. You want people to be comfortable with you there, but you don't want to lose all spontaneity either.

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