Need to conduct a quick interview for a blog post or press release. Use these tips to capture the sights and sounds needed to take your written content over the edge.
- Tip #1: Framing the Subject
- Be sure to keep the shot tight on the interviewee, typically keeping the space between the subjects head and the top of the video relatively minimal.
- Tip #2: Lighting
- Lighting should never be at the interviewee’s back. The prominent light(s) should be behind the camera or off the side. Lighting can make or break your video.
- Tip #3: Sound
- An interview video without good audio from the speaker is worthless. Try to find a quite place where background noise is at a minimum. For more advance users, external microphones are the best way to go.
- Tip #4: Use a Tripod
- We all like to think we have a pretty steady hand (’96 Operation champion, NBD) but one should play it safe and grab a tripod to eliminate the potential of a wobbly camera. The “Blair Witch” effect is distracting to the viewer and will take the focus away from the message or result in abandoning the video all together.
- Tip #5: Getting a Sound Byte
- For those moments when you’d like to mash up portions of your interview with some b-roll, have the subject repeat the question back so they appear to have a complete and natural thought which can easily be incorporated with other content.
Do you have any tips that help you produce video content? Feel free to share them. Any and all comments are welcome and, as always, feel free to connect with me on Twitter – @arom1000.