April 26, 2014
This week we’re shooting interviews. As a filmmaker, it’s really helpful to be comfortable filming an interview in many different shooting conditions. It doesn’t take much to really improve the quality of interviews, from setting up the shot, preparing questions, and how you talk to the interviewee.
Check out the full video below, for my tips on shooting the best interviews:
BONUS TIPS: (by Anthony Alvarez):
- Keep air conditioning on up until the interview, but consider turning it while you’re rolling for audio purposes.
- A great way to start is to ask them a warm up question like “Can you spell your name for me?” (then you have it for a lower third too) It may seem silly, but it always puts people in a good mood!
- Two cameras are better than one! Have a wider shot, and a close up, that way you can have more creativity in editing. Plus, it makes it easier to cover up stutters.
- If you don’t have two cameras, you can use crop in for a close up, if you don’t mind sacrificing resolution.
- Finally, to finish the interview, ask them if they have anything else they would like to add, and if they could summarise everything that’s been talked about.
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.