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.