- Choosing the right mic
- Mounting the mic
- Scouting locations
- Using backdrops and cycloramas
- Getting single-camera and double-camera coverage
- Making your subject look good
- Crafting interview questions
- Editing the interview
Skill Level Appropriate for all
- [Voiceover] The thing I love most about shooting interviews is the challenge of working with real people. Every single interview is different and each subject has their own unique story to tell. The challenge for us as filmmakers is to capture the very best words and images to tell that story in a way that our audience will find engaging and compelling no matter what the topic. Interviews, essentially talking to someone on camera, might seem like a simple enough affair, but what you have to remember is that just like everything else in filmmaking, the professionals who do it well make it look easy.
But the reality is that a lot of planning, forethought, and effort goes into any good video interview. My name is Anthony Q. Artis and this course is video interview techniques. And in this series of movies, I'm going to teach you just about everything you need to know to conduct and capture a great interview on video. I'll be focusing on the technical issues of production and shooting, but also on the real practical and psychological issues that you need to fully grasp if you want to get the best results from non-performers on camera.
Some of the specific topics I'll be covering in this course are how to craft a good set of questions, what to look for and what to avoid when choosing a location, and how to stage your interviews so they also visually help to tell your story. I'll also do my best to debunk some common misconceptions about shooting interviews and give you some of the insider tips that I've learned the hard way over the years. I'm the author of the Shut Up and Shoot filmmaking guides and I've been teaching filmmaking at NYU Film School for the last 11 years and I am excited to share this brand new interview course with you.
So take notes, listen and learn and we just into Video Interview Techniques.