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Martin Johnson - Sunday, January 01, 2017
5. Getting good sound Sound is sometimes the poor cousin when it comes to shooting interviews, but research shows that audiences will accept poor images more readily, than poor sound. Getting both right is a bonus! The best place to record good sound in an interview is with the microphone placed around 30-40 cms from the person's mouth. In practice, there are really only two ways to do this - one is with a lavalier microphone clipped to the person's shirt/tie/coat collar OR with a mi .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Saturday, December 31, 2016
4. Reversals, noddies and two-shots Once you have completed the interview, it's always helpful to shoot some additional shots, especially if you have access to editing facilities. Here's a list of the shots I would get. i. Move the camera further back from where you filmed the interviewee from and frame a two-shot of the interviewer and the person being interviewed. For this to work, the interviewee should pretend to listen to a question, It often helps in this situation if the inter .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Friday, December 30, 2016
3. Setting the 'line of interest' Generally the camera is placed so that it looks over the shoulder of the interviewer, looking at the interviewee. This means the eye-line of the interviewee is just to the side of the camera as they look at the interviewer. You shouldn't see the interviewer in this frame. Once you've decided which side of the interviewer to put the camera (assuming the interviewee and interviewer are facing each other) you need to make sure that any other shots of th .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Thursday, December 29, 2016
2. Framing the interviewee When two people talk together, they 'see' each other in a mid-shot. That is from the top of their head to around halfway up the top part of their body. Therefore we frame a person being interviewed so we can see the same amount of their body. If the shot is too close, so we just see their head and maybe a little bit of their shoulders, that's too close for a general interview. We've all seen this sort of shot when the interview gets tense or emotio .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
1. Shooting Interviews Interviews are a key element of much of what we see on television. Every TV news program features interviews with politicians, celebrities and other news makers. An interview is a good way of conveying information to an audience as the interviewer talks to someone who has knowledge about a particular topic. It's said that the interviewer acts on behalf of the audience watching at home. They need to ask questions that get the answers the public .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Sunday, May 15, 2016
After a long break from blogging on this site, it's time to revisit some old themes but updated for mid-2016. Sadly, many of the don'ts from previous posts continue to pop up all over social media and the web and in a corporate setting - so I wanted to remind you of some of the basics. 1. A lot of the errors inexperienced people make is the failure to take what they see everyday on their TV to how they shoot their own videos. One of the commonest errors is poor framing. Learn to 'loo .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Thursday, October 15, 2015
(This is a bit OT, but I've posted it for what it's worth) Whilst I hate to encourage people who cold call you and try to sell you everything from solar roof panels to security upgrades for your Windows PC, here are some hints which might make it easier for them to get the sale. 1. If when I answer the phone there is a pause of 2 or 3 seconds before I hear anyone speak - then I know I’m on the end of an outbound call centre. Nothing you can say after that will make be thi .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Saturday, June 20, 2015
Here's an example of the sort of video a blogger can do. I've taken one of the subjects of a previous Pro Video Blogger post and shot and edited a supporting video that demonstrates the particular item. (In this case an external viewfinder for a DSLR camera.) All shot and edited on an iPhone. It doesn't have the production values of my corporate videos by any means, but it was quick to do and demonstrates one way of using video for bloggers. .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Saturday, June 20, 2015
If you're a blogger, spending your time writing text and uploading images, you might be wondering what you would put in a video? Here are some ideas. 1. Look at your recent blog posts and summarise them in one line. Often this will be your headline. This will become the main theme of your video 2. When you're writing your blog, you probably take this theme or topic and expand on it with three or four main points and some sub-points. For video, forget the sub points 3. Take yo .. click to read full post.
Martin Johnson - Thursday, June 04, 2015
I'm a member of a bloggers Facebook group and there has been some interesting posts in the last few days about how bloggers can get into video. I'm no expert when it comes to blogging, but video is certainly something I understand. So this post is not about the content of a video for a blogging site. It's about how to do it ... (See video here. (http://youtu.be/u_C03A_G_G4)) Camera The first thing you need is a camera and I'm going to focus on how you can use your smartphone for shoo .. click to read full post.
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