After looking at the different interview styles in a previous post (see here), I wanted to try out recreating them, interviewing my friend Hannah from behind the camera, working on my interviewing and filming skills.
Interview 6: Entertainment, chat show style
Interview about her advertising course at LCA
- I filmed in the daylight so I could use the natural light to help brighten the room.
- I used a key light, a fill light and an edge light: used the natural light (to the left of her) as the key light. On the other side of her face I pointed a lamp as a fill light, to brighten up the shadows. Opposite this fill light, I placed another lamp, to create an edge light, however this one wasn’t particularly effective.
- I set the ISO and white balance appropriately for the room. This gave better image quality.
- I used a microphone and headphones, to capture directional sound, and eliminate more background noise. The headphones allowed me to accurately set the audio levels to cancel out most of the background noise.
- Needed more shot variety. Would have been good to capture a few cut-away shots, of different things in the scene, or different angles (could be achieved by filming with another camera).
- The chatty style doesn’t work well from behind the camera. As it is a conversation, half the dialogue is missing when the interviewer’s voice is edited out.
- Answers didn’t make much sense out of context of the question.
- Her having a chatty conversation with a camera looked strange. Needed to have someone responding to her on screen.
- The chatty nature seemed quite fake, and forced. Need to create more of a relaxed and casual vibe. – Could do this by me responding to her answers more, and engaging in conversation (this would only work if I was on camera).
- I should try not to pause between questions to read off of the sheet, as this ruins the natural feel of the conversation.
Editing technique: (I put more effort into editing this video)
- I used a de-noise effect to cancel out as much of the remaining background noise as possible.
- I used titles to add my questions in, because the answers didn’t make sense out of context.
- I improved the colour of the visuals, using an effect.