At the start of this college year Neil had told me about this youtube channel, DSLRGuide, which he found very useful when it came to working with cameras etc. I decided to go through some of the videos today and see if it would kick start my inspiration for the day! There are hundreds of videos on this channel that teach us different things when it comes to filmmaking but the one video that stood out to me was the video that went through the processes of filming an interview.
In this video they go through the things you should have prepared before going into the interview such as your questions. This is very important especially if there is a route you want the interviewee to go along such as a specific topic or story and you want them to talk more about it. It is also important to use open questions rather than close questions as an interview full of Yes’s and No’s is never that interesting and will not make for an interview that emotionally connects with the viewer. The next thing they talk about is the composition of your shot, your background. Try to make the background and setting relate to the subject the interviewee is talking about i.e. if the interviewee is a skateboarder then have his talking in a skate shop with skateboards hanging up behind him etc. Another important point was to make sure to put the interviewee at ease from the very start and a simple way to do this is to remind them that you, the editor, will be editing the whole interview at the end so not to worry about making mistakes, they can be edited out later on. The final note they left us with was that yes it is good to go with the typical set up of an interview with your three point lighting and your rule of thirds but don’t be afraid to move away from this typical set up if your story allows it. Start out with the typical and then see if there is room for change things around in order to add to the mood and tine you’re trying to convey throughout your story.
I have just recently filmed an interview for another module I am doing and I know there were definitely some areas in which I fell down in so I want to make sure that if I am going to go down the documentary road, I will know everything I need to know about the perfect interview shot and what makes a good interview.