HOW TO SHOOT AN INTERVIEW

Camera A

  • The interviewee is framed as a medium shot which is from mid-torso to the head.
  • He or she is asked to look at this camera when talking. the camera is placed in a way the interviewee is in the center of the frame.

example:

Camera B

  • Camera B takes the medium close-ups of the interviewee, from the chest to the head. She or he is asked not to look into this camera.
  • The interviewee is framed in the outer two-thirds of the frame leaving one-third for the leading room based on the direction of the interviewee’s gaze. (eg. If the interviewee is looking left to right of the frame, give leadingroom to the right third of the frame)

example:

REQUIREMENTS

Camera

  • Make sure that there is a distance between the interviewee’s background and between cameras.
  • The background could be blurry which makes an illusion of distance between the interviewee and the background. The cameras are to be fixed a couple of distances above the interviewee’s eyes.
  • The Focal length for all shots to be 50mm and above (preferably 70mm+ for CAM B) and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 (preferably f/1.8).
  • Adjust recording settings to 24.976fps, 4k resolution, and your camera’s respective raw file format.
  • You can adjust the white balance by holding a color piece of paper or a white sheet in front of the camera.

Lighting

  • Natural light is to be avoided at all costs.
  • You should also avoid the light, temperature, and color fluctuation in between the shoot.
  • The lighting temperature is preferred at around 3200K in the case of tungsten lighting or 5600K if you are using daylight lighting.
  • Color balance and white balance are to be matched in both cameras. The main light’s height is positioned slightly above the interviewee’s head level.
  • Position hair light height above interviewee’s head level and avoid the hair light from spilling onto the interviewee’s face.
  • Soft Rembrandt lighting style is mostly preferred.

Framing

  • Make sure that there are no windows in the background as this may cause light leaks.
  • Also, make sure that there is no distracting object that could take the focus from the interviewee.
  • The background should not be too plain or too busy. Always try to keep it in between.

Audio

  • Ensure there are no clothes rustling on the lapel.
  • If the video is to be interrupted by something, you may kindly ask the interviewee to repeat it.
  • If possible, use both a lavaliere and boom microphone, recorded on separate audio tracks.
  • the videographer is opted to wear headphones while shooting to avoid voice fluctuations.

Interveiw

  • Ensure the interviewee is looking at CAM A when talking and also make sure that the interviewee is sitting comfortably, not standing. Inform the interviewee to wait a couple of seconds after the interviewer has asked the question before
  • answering. Ask the interviewee to include the question in their answer. (e.g. if the interviewer asks “what did
  • you have for lunch?”, ensure the interviewee does NOT answer “bacon and eggs”, instead they
  • would answer “for lunch I had bacon and eggs”)