4. Reversals, noddies and two-shots

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 interviewer does talk to the interviewee so that they are filmed really listening.

ii. Move the camera to the opposite side and frame up a mid-shot of the interviewer. Make it the same sized mid-shot as the one of the interviewee. If you varied that one, then do the same variations. Again, for this to work, the interviewer needs to pretend they are listening to an answer. 

If you wish, you can also get the interviewer to re-ask some (or all) of the questions they asked in the interview. This will then give you more choice when it comes to the edit. 

iii. A wide two-shot from the side (90 degrees). This usually helps to show the overall context of where the interview is happening. For this, have both people talking back and forth. Generally these shots are too wide to really see lip-sync, so you can 'cheat' these without any problem.

Once you have these, you will be able to produce a more interesting final edit.


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