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Mobile Media Ministry Training 11- Mobile Video Recording & Interview/Talking Head Video Production


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This segment of a four day training on mobile media ministry walks participants through basic elements of recording video with a mobile phone and the steps involved with recording an interview or "talking head" video.

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Mobile Media Ministry Training 11- Mobile Video Recording & Interview/Talking Head Video Production

  1. 1. Basic Mobile Video Recording Tips filmmaking-tips-for-this.html
  2. 2. Stabilizing the Shot
  3. 3. Stabilizing the Shot The humble string tripod (quick tip, you can just tie a loop in the top that your phone can slide in and out of rather than using the bolt and needing a tripod adapter. To use, hold the phone with one hand on either side of the loop, put your foot on the other end of the string and pull the phone up until the string is taut)
  4. 4. Stabilizing the Shot Tripods & Tripod Adapters
  5. 5. Basic Lighting
  6. 6. Time for some reflection
  7. 7. Household Reflector Possibilities
  8. 8. Pre-recording Checklist - Purpose and plan in mind - Battery Charged - Phone Memory Freed Up - Lens Clean - Shot list in hand (or at least in head) - Airplane mode enabled (smartphones) - Recording settings at highest level possible (unless needing to watch for running out of memory)
  9. 9. Location Choice for an Interview/“Talking Head” Shot Scout around and set up in a location that: - Fits the “story’s” context - Is comfortable for the interviewee (psychologically and physically) - You can control and limit background distractions (audio and visual) - You have permission to film at - Is safe to film at
  10. 10. Setting Up the Interview/ “Talking Head” Shot - Find a way of stabilizing/“mounting” the phone so there is no distracting camera movement in the footage - Set up the phone at eye level and uncomfortably close to the interviewee (tripod leg will be 1-2” from their knee) for good audio. - Frame the subject using the rule of thirds and leave just a slight amount of headroom space in the frame above the top of their head.
  11. 11. Setting Up the Interview/ “Talking Head” Shot - Sit or stand as close as you can to the side of the camera so the speaker is looking just to the side of the camera when talking. - Have the brightest light somewhere behind off to the side of you, not behind the speaker - Remove any distracting background items and noises and limit possibility of interruption.
  12. 12. Preparing and Interviewee - Explain to the interviewee that it is important to look at you, not the camera - Ask the interviewee to repeat the question in their answer - Explain to the interviewee that you will pause between their response and your next question for the sake of the recording
  13. 13. While Recording - Ask them to say a couple things so you can check your recording levels and then do that (i.e. play back that recording to check for whether or not you are getting the quality you want). Make adjustments as necessary. - Remove any distracting background items and noises and limit possibility of interruption.
  14. 14. While Recording - Follow your script and/or list of interview questions (begin with easier questions first) - As an interviewer, maintain good eye contact and respond positively to comments with your body language. - Be careful not to respond with your mouth though!
  15. 15. While Recording - Wait three seconds after the interviewee ends their statement before proceeding to the next question (for editing headroom) - Take note of key responses and, once your questions are finished, ask if they could repeat or expand upon those points - Consider moving to the opposite side of the camera for a number of the questions to add a little variety to the video.
  16. 16. After Recording - Ask the interviewee if they could wait a minute while you check the recording and do just that. Try and check a couple places in the recording for any audio/visual quality issues. If there is a problem try and resolve it and repeat the interview if possible. - Following your shot list and/or new ideas that came to light during the interview record cutaways/b-roll footage
  17. 17. Cutaways - Over-the shoulder of subject talking and interviewer nodding - Close-up of their hands - Close-up shot of the interviewer nodding - Footage (or images) of items/issues/events that were discussed during the interview
  18. 18. Team Recording Session Split Tasks as Follows (rotate if time allows): Team Member #1- Set up recording location and equipment Team Member #2- Act as interviewer/ audience for speaker Team Member #3- Share your story or be interviewed