My bread and butter like a videographer (especially a Chicago videographer) is filming interviews and testimonials. I have filmed a huge selection of such interviews, I have caused other videographers creating interviews and I have witnessed many more video interviews throughout the web. Over this time around I have learned several important secrets of making a great and engaging interview.
First point, be brief. When I build a video interview I usually turn out talking to my subject for 30 -40 minutes. However, a powerful interview video with one subject is 1.5 minutes to 2.5 minutes. When I receive a response from my subject which is long, verbose, and it also feels like he/she is wondering with the idea, I allow them finish, complement them on what good their response was and have them to summarize it in 2-3 sentences. Sometimes it takes a number of takes. Hence, allow 40 minutes to have an interview.
Secondly, have the interview conversational. There is nothing more boring and flat than reading questions to the niche. As humans, we’re also social beings. Yes, this issue understands that ultimately he/she is speaking to an imaginary audience and he/she is only being filmed. However, I have experienced shy people throw open to me when I engaged them conversations. They neglect the camera is pointing at them and they also give me content which is rich and private. At times, as videographer, you can not engage in conversation or perhaps you don’t really feel doing it, and prefer just dealing with the gear. If this is the truth, it can be worth bringing other people to whom individual can talk (and engage).
Always use a minimum of two cameras. Having multiple angles definitely makes the editing easier. You can easily cut the job interview and jump from camera to an alternative during the transitions. Cutting interview filmed with one camera creates distracting jump cuts. Additionally, having multiple camera angles helps make the video more dynamic. Sometimes, I even convey a little slider movement to provide more dynamic feel with an otherwise static shot.
The quality of sound is huge. In my video production I use top quality lavalier microphones. The lavalier mic is close to individual and you get far more voice signal and much less environment noise. Truthfully, most viewers watching these kind of videos will be unable to tell the gap between videos shot that has a $30k camera the other shot which has a smartphone. However, bed sound is immediately noticeable. Bed sound screams “amateur” video. If you don’t have a great lavalier mics you can employ a shotgun mic. Ideally, you need to get the microphone as close to individual as you can. You can mount such microphone using a stand and run the cable for the camera. Mixing in the sound is additionally crucial. To get that professional quality of sound you always want to include a little compression to your sound, and so the loud parts are attenuated and quite parts are appeared. I often work with a little EQ to clear out the low end in the sound spectrum. When blended with some music, the voice that’s compressed and lightly EQ will cut throughout the mix easier.
Lastly, to make a movie interview engaging you might want something visual to take to. Often this is whats called B-roll. B-roll shots are visuals scenes that include the story the topic is telling. However, sometimes I use photographs from individual and build a collage that visually tells the story plot. When I try this type of a collage, I actually prefer photos who are not taken professionally, since they better represent the reality from the person being interviewed.