Do you know how to film an interview? Have you ever had this experience? If all the answers are no then no worries!
I am here today to inform you about this topic. In this article, I am going to tell you some tricks and tips on how to film an interview properly. I will start with a fundamental acquaintance. As it is necessary to know first what is an interview? What happens in an interview?
This basic knowledge is important to know before filming an interview. Here we go. Let’s check it out.
The word interview comes from Latin and middle French words meaning to ‘see between’ or ‘see each other’. Generally, an interview means a private meeting between people when questions are asked and answered. The person who answers the questions of an interview is called the interviewee. The person who asks the questions of the interview is called an interviewer. It suggests a meeting between two persons for the purpose of getting a view of each other or for knowing each other.
So, an interview refers to a formal conversation between two people. Here questions asked by the interviewer to obtain information, qualities, attitudes, wishes, etc. from the interviewee.
Tips & Tricks on How to Film an Interview?
To take an Interview of someone by the camera can be tricky. In the following, I am giving some tips on how to position and frame your interview subjects and how to direct them. It’s a good idea to plan your frames and camera angles before beginning the interview. Knowing how to frame your interview subject will help you also enrich your cinematography skill.
Perfect Light Set Up
The most critical thing to consider with your interview is perfect lighting. Other than the placement of the lights, this is going to be what will determine whether or not the light on your subject is flattering. The basic 3 lights are a must while filming an interview.
You don’t need a giant, expensive 10x ultra bounce to get the best light. All you really need is something bright, which can help you to clarify your location and subject. That’s it!
When thinking about the best ways to shoot interviews and choosing the right lens I will suggest a prime lens between 24-85mm. It is a great focal length for shooting interviews. Try to use a lens with a low aperture (f-stop), like f/3.5. A faster aperture will give you more flexibility with your depth of field. That means more separation between your subject and busy backgrounds.
Perfect Camera Set Up
Another important thing while filming an interview creatively is a perfect camera angle or camera setup. A mid-shot, over the shoulder shot, two shot, and sometimes some close-ups are the essential shots for an interview. Eyeline is important while setting the camera for an interview.
Here are quite a few different styles of eye line, but the main distinction is whether or not your subject is looking directly into the lens or off to the side at the interviewer. If your subject is looking into the lens, it will read as if they are addressing the viewer. You want to keep to have the line of reference consistent throughout filming so decide where the person needs to look and ensure they maintain this line of eye contact.
It is best to continue the interview through perfect framing. Even when there are no questions being asked as these can often lead to candid comments or reactions that can be used when editing. Capture those candid moments as well.
Aside from the full interview, there are a few additional shots you may need to record. You want to have a few different reaction shots, such as having the person nodding in response to a question. You also want to get a few close-ups of the person especially of the hands which can make great edits that can help build upon the mood of the interview.
Filming an interview with a perfect frame can take a lot of prep work and planning. Each aspect of an interview needs carefully considered to ensure that not only the filming runs smoothly but so that you have enough footage to edit the interview so that it is engaging and intriguing.
You can have everything perfectly lit and the interview could have gone perfectly but, if you don’t have the right sound this could all be for nothing. You want to ensure you are working with the best sound equipment as well as a professional audio engineer. Poor sound is the fastest way to lose the attention of the audience and should be considered the most important aspect of the interview. Don’t forget to record the natural noise of the room where no one is talking so you have these to help cover up and sudden changes in the sound when filming.
If you working with a low-budget setup, check out some of these lavalier microphones to try out and help improve your sound quality. But, make sure that livelier microphones are hidden well. The reason is, nothing is more distracting in an interview set up than when the shooter leaves the lav mic visible on the subject’s collar. This does actually provide the best sound, but in my opinion, it’s generally unprofessional and distracting as well.
I hope you like the written tutorial that I explain the fundamentals of how to shoot or film a good interview. So, start experimenting and decide which methods you like to use when planning your lighting, camera placement, and all other setups. Get inspired for your shots by watching great interviews. Be creative with your location and framing your subject. Good communication with your subject can be a great way to minimize the monotony of viewing. Just do all and make sure that your actions support the overall goal — telling a good story.