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Video Production Tips for Interviews

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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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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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