Video Production Tips for Interviews Getting Started in Video July 2010 Presented by  Larry Kless Multimedia Communication...
What You Need to Know <ul><li>Camera placement and movement </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><...
<ul><li>How many minutes of preparation should you expect to spend for 1 minute of quality video? </li></ul><ul><li>5 </li...
The Rule of the Six Ps: Proper Planning Prevents (Patently)-Poor Performance <ul><li>How many minutes of preparation shoul...
Camera placement and movement <ul><li>Use a tripod </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid zooming and panning of camera </li></ul><ul><li...
Lighting <ul><li>Make sure you have enough light for a good quality picture </li></ul><ul><li>Do not place your subject in...
<ul><li>Avoid distracting background noise (HVAC, TVs, music) </li></ul><ul><li>Stay close to your interview subject </li>...
Interview techniques <ul><li>Be a quiet, active listener (be empathic, nod, don’t talk, no “uh huh”) </li></ul><ul><li>All...
Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot Don’t place subjects in front of windows Subject with sufficient lighting. Frame...
Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot Don’t frame subject in corner with too much negative space For interviews the su...
Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot <ul><li>The subject can also be to one side of the frame to include or highlight...
Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot <ul><li>The subject can also be to one side of the frame to include or highlight...
Know Your Location <ul><li>Site survey </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><l...
Know Your Legal Requirements <ul><li>Release forms:   </li></ul><ul><li>Who? Anyone identifiable  </li></ul><ul><li>Employ...
Flip Video Spotlight - Shooting Tips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC-HdpXiLx0
Q & A
Contact Me <ul><li>Larry Kless  </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@ kl...
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This slide deck covers the basic tips for shooting video interviews. There are a few golden rules to follow to achieve great results and better looking and sounding video. The key areas of focus are: Camera placement and movement, Lighting and Audio.

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  • Camera placement and movement Lighting Audio Interview techniques Do’s and Don’ts Know Your Equipment (and what it can and can’t do) Know Your Subject (and what he/she can and can’t say) Know Your Location (and, if it’s awful, how to look for another) Lighting, ambient sound, interruptions – and how to make them work for you, not against you Know Your Legal/Regulatory (Model releases, HIPAA/PHI releases, Social Media Policy) Know Your Audience
  • You guessed it - $200 video cameras don’t have $200 microphones built in Flips don’t (yet) have external mic jacks Most built-in mics are pinholes Accidentally covering the mic with a finger…yikes So … Get close to your subject Reduce any ambient noise that you can (human or inanimate) If you can use an external mic, use it! Tip: Bring a couple of bath towels to cover tables/hard surfaces to dampen reflected sounds
  • You guessed it - $200 video cameras don’t have $200 microphones built in Flips don’t (yet) have external mic jacks Most built-in mics are pinholes Accidentally covering the mic with a finger…yikes So … Get close to your subject Reduce any ambient noise that you can (human or inanimate) If you can use an external mic, use it! Tip: Bring a couple of bath towels to cover tables/hard surfaces to dampen reflected sounds
  • When the subject is talking directly to camera in a news style delivery, it’s the practice (but not the rule) to frame them in the middle of the screen and not off center. There should be even space around the left and right sides of the subject. You should also leave a little “head room” on top so you don’t cut off the subjects head if they move. This helps balance your shot.
  • When the subject is talking directly to camera in a news style delivery, it’s the practice (but not the rule) to frame them in the middle of the screen and not off center. There should be even space around the left and right sides of the subject. You should also leave a little “head room” on top so you don’t cut off the subjects head if they move. This helps balance your shot.
  • Do a recon mission aka site survey – look for (and reduce) lighting and ambient sound issues before the shoot Reduce distractions Make sure you (and your subject) know how to get to the shoot Leave plenty of time for the shoot … you may need to do it more than once Sweat the small stuff…does the chair squeak? Does the HVAC stack rattle?
  • Employee : Need to sign an employee model release – particularly if you ever think this could be shown externally…for anyone identifiable in the video Member : Absolutely must have the member sign a HIPAA release – regardless of whether patient data could be exposed – no exceptions
  • Video Production Tips for Interviews

    1. 1. Video Production Tips for Interviews Getting Started in Video July 2010 Presented by Larry Kless Multimedia Communications Northern California Kaiser Permanente
    2. 2. What You Need to Know <ul><li>Camera placement and movement </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Interview techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Do’s and Don’ts </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>How many minutes of preparation should you expect to spend for 1 minute of quality video? </li></ul><ul><li>5 </li></ul><ul><li>10 </li></ul><ul><li>30 </li></ul><ul><li>More time than I have </li></ul><ul><li>However much my boss says I have </li></ul>The Rule of the Six Ps: Proper Planning Prevents (Patently)-Poor Performance
    4. 4. The Rule of the Six Ps: Proper Planning Prevents (Patently)-Poor Performance <ul><li>How many minutes of preparation should you expect to spend for 1 minute of quality video? </li></ul><ul><li>5 </li></ul><ul><li>10 </li></ul><ul><li>30 </li></ul><ul><li>More time than I have </li></ul><ul><li>However much my boss says I have </li></ul>
    5. 5. Camera placement and movement <ul><li>Use a tripod </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid zooming and panning of camera </li></ul><ul><li>Get physically close to your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Place your camera at eye level of your subject </li></ul><ul><li>Frame your interview to give your speaker with enough head room </li></ul><ul><li>Select a neutral background for your interview </li></ul>
    6. 6. Lighting <ul><li>Make sure you have enough light for a good quality picture </li></ul><ul><li>Do not place your subject in front of a window (avoid backlight) </li></ul><ul><li>Close curtains, blinds and turn on room lights </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t mix daylight and indoor lighting </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Avoid distracting background noise (HVAC, TVs, music) </li></ul><ul><li>Stay close to your interview subject </li></ul><ul><li>Use an external microphone when possible (clip on lavaliere microphones) </li></ul><ul><li>Use headphones to monitor microphone if possible </li></ul>Audio
    8. 8. Interview techniques <ul><li>Be a quiet, active listener (be empathic, nod, don’t talk, no “uh huh”) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow subject to complete answers before speaking (no crosstalk) </li></ul><ul><li>Ask interviewee to phrase your question in their answer (for context) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot Don’t place subjects in front of windows Subject with sufficient lighting. Framed as medium close up, with good centering and room to insert title along bottom of screen (lower third)
    10. 10. Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot Don’t frame subject in corner with too much negative space For interviews the subject can be framed with plenty of “nose room”
    11. 11. Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot <ul><li>The subject can also be to one side of the frame to include or highlight background </li></ul><ul><li>For interviews the subject is also set to one side of the frame with plenty of “nose room” </li></ul>
    12. 12. Composing a Single or “Talking Head” Shot <ul><li>The subject can also be to one side of the frame to include or highlight background </li></ul><ul><li>For interviews the subject is also set to one side of the frame with plenty of “nose room” </li></ul>Note the “rule of thirds” at work
    13. 13. Know Your Location <ul><li>Site survey </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of time </li></ul><ul><li>Sweat the small stuff </li></ul>
    14. 14. Know Your Legal Requirements <ul><li>Release forms: </li></ul><ul><li>Who? Anyone identifiable </li></ul><ul><li>Employees, especially if used </li></ul><ul><li>externally </li></ul>Patients : MUST sign a HIPAA release –– no exceptions
    15. 15. Flip Video Spotlight - Shooting Tips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC-HdpXiLx0
    16. 16. Q & A
    17. 17. Contact Me <ul><li>Larry Kless </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@ klessblog on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http://klessblog.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.linkedin.com/in/larrykless </li></ul>
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