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21 Hot/Easy/Quick Tips to shoot interviews and vlogs
by Jeannette Ginslov 07 May 2011
Still from: Dr Richard Allan James - The Physical Theatre TV (Aus) Interview
11. Let the eye of the interviewee meet the eyes of the interviewer, off camera. They do not need to speak into camera. Make sure you are on same level as the interviewee, straight on, not so that the whites of the eyes are seen, looking up “imploringly” for example.
12. Sound is SO important. 80% of the information in the video is coming through the sound. Make sure your volume is set according to the location you shooting in and not hitting the red zone. Best to use an external uni-directional mic or even a lapel mic! If using ext mic, turn off mic on camera. Try not shooting beside traffic - cars or people. Have a quick sound check! It takes two seconds.
13. Check white balance – automatic ones are not satisfactory! Do not use "gain up" as it makes "visual noise". If automatic choose the best setting.
14. Check frame rate – 50 is best for movement or use Sports or Portrait
15. Check lens is clean. Remember What you see is what you get!
16. Check you not breathing or coughing too closely/loudly to the mic
17. Use a tripod only when necessary but if you do don’t forget you can still be mobile – close the legs and walk around with the camera still in the shoe - it becomes a monopod! However you are the best tripod in the world! Just keep steady and level headed and your body will follow.
18. Avoid too many zooms – this is not soccer!
19. Interviewers – don’t be shy to just approach the person with an open and relaxed manner and start with a compliment or ask a simple question. Smile:)
20. Back up – always always back up your footage - download onto an external hard drive as well as your computer and/or Drop Box
21. Be confident and have fun! The interviewee picks up on this and responds accordingly!