Shooting an Interview

 

“The fastest-growing media company ever.” Upworthy

  • Setting-up the “talking head” and “news shot” shot

Talking head: http://video101course.com/shots_2.html

News shot: Example

– Are there distracting objects in the shot? Example: poles, words, people, etc.

– First button of collar is in view.

– Camera around eye-level.

– Both eyes are visible.

– “Lead”room where the interviewee is looking.

–  Small amount of head room (if any).

– Use a something to stabilize your shot. A tripod or your body.

  • Lighting

http://video101course.com/lighting_25.html

Where is your main light source coming from?

  • Sound

– Are there distracting noises around?

– Is the interviewee projecting five feet past you? If you are not using a mic.

  • Interviewing

– Don’t say “OK”, “um-hmm,” etc. Don’t speak, just acknowledge with nods and smiles.

– Give ample time after you think the answer has been given. Five to seven seconds.  AKWARD silence is good.

– Have some questions going into the interview,

BUT,

– Listen to their answers and don’t think of your next question while they are talking.

  • Editing

News SOTs should be a few seconds long and should not be more than 12 seconds. Testimonials (more relaxed structure) should not go past 30 seconds.

News Story

Testimonial 

Homework:

DUE by Dec. 2. Post to your site.

Conduct one to three interviews. Should profile an interesting person, give a testimonial, or describe an event.

Work three clips into a story. Can be a journalistic piece, a testimonial, or some other creative way. However, it cannot just be three videos with no text or context. It must be justified. Example: Videos in the NY Times multimedia story.

Create a YouTube account to upload videos to. Can use any camera (including a phone) and editing software. YouTube Editor  may be a good option if you have never edited video before.

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