Relax the person, make sure they at ease. Understand it is difficult for them to talk on camera as they become very aware of what they saying and hoping what they say makes sense. Seat them down and tell them to forget about all the goings on around them. Know there will be lighting, sound and camera people getting equipment ready for the interview. Make sure a glass of water is ready for the “dry mouth”.
All the activity on a video set can be very daunting. It is very important to make the interviewer comfortable for filming. Nothing happens straight away, it can be up to an hour before filming actually happens. Be a good baby sitter and keep the environment calm. It depends on you whether you want to show the questions beforehand. Sometimes the interviewer would prefer to not reveal the questions. Personally we always show questions, we want the best answers possible. Brief the interviewee that retakes are possible. Mistakes will happen and this can relax the person.
End of part 3
For further information regarding filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions email: www.gcv.co.za email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi guys, welcome to the Durban Video Production Company 2nd part of the blog regarding video interviews. Last blog we looked at the microphone. This blog lets look at the framing. and operating the camera.
No 1: Hold the camera steady or use a tripod. An interview shot will go on longer than 15 seconds so make sure your arms are strong enough to support the camera. A tripod is a safe bet, no need to have strong arms and more time to work on the interviewee and monitoring what they say.
No 2: Make sure lighting is good, don’t have an interviewee too dark or silhouetted. Look at the background, avoid too busy or objects that may distract the viewer. Book shelves may cause the viewer to see what books are being read. Animals or sport in the background can be a distraction. The background can tie up with the subject being discussed.
No 3 : Frame the interviewee so that the screen position is comfortable. Make sure there is enough head room. Don’t cut the subject off at irregular parts. The screen position must be comfortable.
Have a look at the interview, this is a medium shot cutting the subject on the chest. No need to be closer or further away, it is comfortable on the eye
Now with You Tube today and a lot of people filming their own interviews the biggest problem limiting a good interview is the sound. Sound is always a challenge. Whether a poor microphone is used, no microphone or ambient sound interfering with the sound.
Lets look at each part in detail.
Poor microphone : Quite often the wrong microphone is used. The best microphone can be a lapel microphone provided ambient sound is not too loud.
The Sony range of radio lapel mics are excellent quality used for interviews and tv. GCV Productions has used a Sony lapel mic now for 10 years, never once filmed a poor interview. However the lapel mic is not for every recording environment. If an interview were to be filmed during a sports match the lapel mic could be lost in the crowd noise. Never depend on the edit to try fix sound, it will not work. Record the best possible sound on location, please do not rely on the edit suite to fix poor sound. If a lapel microphone is to stay out of shot either you can hide the lapel mic under clothing or use a rifle mic. Both work well but the lapel is designed for one person only whereas a rifle mic can record a conversation or a group.
No microphone: There are so many videos on you tube using the camera mic to record. This is generally bad quality unless the camera is close to the sound source. “On board mics” as they call them or built in mics are generally poor quality with a tinny sound. DSLR cameras do not have a microphone designed for good quality. A mic too far from the sound source does not sound good. You want to get the camera close to the source.
In part 2 we will discuss setting up the framing for the interview and how to film it. Thank you for joining us.
Hi guys, welcome to another blog from video company Durban. In the last blog we updated you as to what GCV Productions has been up to. We have been busy in JHB filming videos as well as Durban. The next couple of blogs we will update you guys.
Video number 2 was a short video representing finance department wanting to display their upgrade software that makes working with finances and suppliers more efficient and productive. A video had been created using animation but this video belonged to another company. We were to use same video but swap out the animation with actual footage of the staff. Footage was filmed at the business Head Office in Sandton.
No challenges were faced except to get all the staff together at the same time to film. The final video was then edited together and a voice over was included to swap out the
existing voice and to include a locally recorded voice over that will include the business name change.
Time was tight to get the video but worked in our favour was the structure of the video was in place because we were copying an existing video and therefore fairly simple to edit.
Above is the location from where we filmed the video.
I hope you enjoyed watching the video. Please leave any comments you may have and please contact us should you require any filming or editing. I am happy to answer any questions you may have
Hi everyone, welcome to another blog. What has Durban’s best video company Durban been up to. It has been a busy 3 months with quite a few videos being produced. I will list the links below. GCV was in JHB producing videos for McDonald’s. Some videos are still being produced so should hopefully be done soon.
video 1: A team of 4 at Boxer requested their project be made into a video. McDonald’s is looking at petrol free delivery vehicles. Have a look at the video link for what we were able to come up with. Below are pics taken from the video shoot at Kyalami McDonald’s in Gauteng. The delivery vehicle is a trike, runs on battery, no fuel, no exhaust fumes and very very quiet on the road.
Filming took a few hours with pics on a canon 60D, action movement filmed on the DJI osmo and a sony nx3 for the customer interview.