Join David Pond for an in-depth discussion in this video Location scout, part of Video Interview Production Techniques.
- This is my office. I film here all the time. I know what locations work and don't work, but oftentimes, you're going to go to a space you've never seen before, so let me show you some spaces that you may encounter. A client oftentimes will show you a room that they think looks great, and this one does. I love the fireplace, I love the shelves, I love the stuff on the wall. But think about everything in the room. One, this giant photo booth right in the scene. That creates a lot of noise. Also, (hands clapping) listen to that echo. it almost drowns out my voice. So, while this room may look great, it doesn't sound great, and that's why I actually don't shoot in this room. The most common and usually the most available room in any office is going to be a conference room like this. The major thing here, there's no indirect lighting from the sun. You just have these overhead lights here that can create dark pockets underneath your eyes and dark shadows underneath your chin. Also, look at the other elements of the room. You have the white wall, you have the table, and you have this whiteboard. It's not very interesting. The one positive of this room is the audio. (hands clapping) It's fairly dead in here, which could make this room work as a last resort, but let's see what other options there are. Conference rooms come in all shapes and sizes. This one is a bit more of the executive-style conference room. It's a little bit bigger, and the sound in here, (hands clapping) it's actually pretty good. One thing I really like are these big windows with natural light coming in. This is great. This couch is also a really interesting place to frame your interview. However, it could be a little awkward to just sit sideways like this. This brings up a good tip. Don't settle on the first place you see you somewhat like. Walk around, double check. Make sure there isn't something great right around the corner. I love this room. I film in this space all the time for a couple reasons. First one is huge windows. Look at this large amount of natural light coming in, filling up the entire room. Next, look at the depth. You're able to put your subject here and your background's all the way back there, creating that real cinematic feel. Last, the audio. (hands clapping) It's really dead in here, there's no bad echoes like the other room, so you're able to get a clear audio signal. You know, the other room had a lot of these good options, but the seating was awkward. Dan would have to have sat on the couch in a weird position. In here, we have full flexibility with any chair in the room, or we can go and get a different chair. We can make this space our own, which is why we're going to shoot our interview with Dan Roth in this room.
- Picking the right gear
- Setting up audio
- Key features of the Sony a7
- Lighting your interviews with natural light
- Exterior and interior shooting
- Setting up the audio
- Properly framing your subject
- Interviewing off camera
- Shooting on smart phones