Interviews are a ubiquitous component of corporate and commercial videos. So much so that we often take them for granted! But making an interview look great, and having the subject feel comfortable, requires a bit of forethought. Here, we break down a few interviewing aesthetics and framing ideas you might consider before going into production.
PRIMARY CAMERA ANGLE: WIDE ONE-THIRD COMPOSITION
This is the most common setup we employ and is a great place to start. It gives you enough space in the frame to fit a well-composed background, a lower third and the subject from the stomach up. Additionally, if you have a camera that shoots in 4K, you can use the same angle for a tight headshot by punching in while editing....
Wouldn't our lives be easier if everyone we put onscreen was a natural? Unfortunately, that's impossible... In fact, it's rarely the case! Here are a few tips and tricks for settling the nerves of interviewees who don't want to be interviewed.
ESTABLISH A RAPPORT
If you're not crammed for time with back-to-back interviews, spend a few minutes with each subject, away from the cameras, before you start rolling. It can be daunting and intimidating to be rushed onto a set and asked to speak - clearly and confidently - to people you've never met. So introduce yourself. Tell them about the video, who else you've spoken to and remind them of the questions you'll ask. You should always tr...
"Two-shot" is a film term referring to a shot composition that contains two actors, subjects or interviewees in the same frame. Capturing two-shot interviews can present some challenges with composition, lighting and audio. But when done correctly, it can be a powerful and unique addition to your story, so don’t let the hassles put you off. To share our lessons learned and help you on your next two-shot, we've created these easy tips to help alleviate any struggles.
A two-shot can appear as either a standard interview shot (both people in frame), or a traditional narrative film (cutting between two subjects to mimic a dialogue). In interviews, there is a natural tendency for people to interrupt each other, or to talk...
We have been eager to release these Archiculture interviews for a very long time. We had Kevin Corcoran put together a brief trailer to illustrate how many interviews will soon be available to watch. Head over to the website to start watching.
We started working with Architect Magazine on a weekly video series titled, What's Next. This is our first collaboration with Architect Magazine since producing the High Line Phase 2 video. This new series follow a simple question/answer format with leaders in the field of architecture and design.