On this behind the scenes video the B&H production crew shares some of the things it does before even starting to shoot a video and what type of things you need to pay attention while actually shooting.
This video is full of useful tips for setting up an interview – some are obvious others maybe a bit less so.
First – be prepared – both in terms of gear but also in terms of preparing the person you interview – make sure they know what you are going to ask and talk to them about it so that you are both on the same page.
Shoot a LOT of b-roll – the topic of the video, the area, the person or people that you interview of course but also other people around (co-workers for example), anything that can contribute to the video – and try and think of at least a few of those well in advance – it will save you lots of time on location.
If you can – use a test subject and not the person you interview when you set up (which can take time – so come well before the interview starts). Always monitor sound during the video (many times thing that you can’t hear with your own ears gets into the recording – cars driving by, dogs barking, children crying etc.).
A few months ago we publish a second interesting video mentioned in this one entitled “Tips for Shooting an Interview“. We have looked at many aspects of shooting an interview in the past including the best light gear for filming interviews, how to set up lighting and audio for interviews and how to shoot a documentary style interview.
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