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HOW TO SHOOT AN INTERVIEW

Updated: May 5, 2023

Introduction


Shooting an interview can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. You just need to do some preparation beforehand and make sure you're ready for anything that could happen during the shoot. Here are our tips for shooting a client interview:


Film crew shooting interview for a corporate client

Set your lighting up before the interview starts.


Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your shoot. You can use it to create a mood, draw attention to an item or person, hide something in shadows and more. Before you start recording your client interview, set up the lighting so that everything looks good on camera.


Make sure you have a good audio setup in place.

  • A lavalier mic is a small microphone that clips onto your subject's clothing. It can be used to record dialog as well as ambient sounds such as footsteps or rustling clothes.

  • A shotgun mic is generally larger than a lav and will pick up more sound from farther away, so it's great for recording interviews in noisy environments like restaurants or bars (where you might not want background noise). It also tends to produce better audio quality than lavs because its directional pickup pattern allows it to reduce unnecessary noise from other sources--like traffic outside the window of your client's office building.

  • A boom mic gets its name because it's typically mounted on an extendable pole called a "boom"--so named because they were originally made out of bamboo! These days they're usually made out of metal instead, but either way they let you get close-up shots without intruding on your subject's personal space by putting yourself right next to them while filming like some kind of creepster weirdo who doesn't understand social cues at all...

Have a backup plan in case the interviewee can't make it on the day of the shoot.


It's always a good idea to have a backup plan in case the interviewee can't make it on the day of the shoot. Keep in touch with them and make sure they're still available throughout your planning process, so that if something goes wrong, you aren't caught off guard!

As soon as you know who will be featured in your video, start planning for contingencies--what if someone cancels at the last minute? What if there are unforeseen circumstances? Having an alternate location or person ready to step in at short notice can help ensure nothing goes wrong with your production schedule.


You don't have to film an entire video in one go.


You don't have to film an entire video in one go. You can film multiple takes, and even use different equipment and locations for each one. If you're doing a shoot with multiple cameras, it's even better--you'll be able to capture more angles of your subject as they move around the room (or outside). And if you'd like some help keeping track of what shots are being used where? We recommend using a shot list or storyboard; those tools will keep everyone on the same page throughout production!


Shooting interviews is an art and requires careful planning and preparation to get the best results


Shooting interviews is an art and requires careful planning and preparation to get the best results. The following are some tips for shooting an interview:

  • Prepare for the interview. You need to consider how you want to conduct your interview, who will be in front of the camera, what equipment you'll use and more. Make sure that everyone knows their lines and understands how things will work on set (for example, whether there will be multiple takes). If possible, rehearse before shooting so that everyone involved knows exactly what they are doing when they start filming.

  • Make sure that your setup is good enough to produce high quality footage without any technical problems or delays during filming - otherwise this could ruin all of your hard work!

collage of set-up behind the scene during filming and in-camera shot of a interview

Conclusion


Shooting interviews is a great way to get the most out of your client's story. If you're careful and plan ahead, you can create videos that are engaging and memorable.


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