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Wedding Videography Tip: Interview Questions

Wedding Videography Tip: Interview Questions
A big part of every wedding video, and perhaps one of the most anticipated, is the interview segment with the guests at the reception. Like a greeting card, but much more personal, this segment allows friends and family to wish the new couple a happily ever after, give sage advice, or an opportunity to joke about the ol' ball-and-chain. Though some guests will take naturally to having a camera in their face, others will clam up making a successful interview difficult to capture. For this reason, it's good to have a prepared list of interview questions to get things rolling. People tend to get camera shy when they don't know what to say, or are afraid that what they say will sound stupid. Sometimes all that is needed to get the nervousness out of the way is a place to start. Asking leading questions like "What should the groom do to keep his bride happy?" or "What do you think is the secret to a successful marriage?" will help settle those nerves and/or doubts. Also, be sure to vary the questions from guest to guest in order to get a well-rounded collection of interviews to use in your final edit. Lastly, if a guest persistently declines to be on camera, don't force them. Not only will they be unhappy that they've been forced to do something that makes them uncomfortable, but their unease will come across in the video. However, if you maintain a fun, positive attitude and come with some good leading questions, you may find that even the camera shy guests will warm up to the idea of being part of the couple's commemorative video. For more tips on how to avoid guests' on-camera jitters check out Make 'Em Look Good: How to Coach On-Camera Subjects. Interested in more tips on Wedding Videography? Sign up for Videomaker's free Wedding Videography Course. This free tip series is designed to help you improve your video production skills, fast. Learn More.
January 26th, 2011