October 25, 2016 at 10:09AM


Translating interviews in a foreign language?

I'm traveling to Indonesia soon to shoot a couple of portrait pieces and was wondering what was the best way to go about translating the interviews?

I thought about getting a translator but wasn't sure what that process should look like with regard to translating all the raw footage I would have. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!


You could let the interviewees speak English if they can. But in most cases it's better to let them speak in their mother tongue except they have very good English skills.
A translator is by far the best way (and probably the only way to do it get it done right) to get the translation.

Maybe you should also travel with one. To avoid misunderstandings.

In post I would sit together with the translator and make the subtitles needed.

October 26, 2016 at 1:43AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

The most reliable and efficient way to do it is to always have a dedicated translator with you. When doing interviews, you can mic the translator so you have their voice with you when editing.

October 27, 2016 at 4:21AM


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