Hi, Whats this for: live



Whats this for: live TV, TV tape roll-in, documentary??? Will it be edited?

All of the suggestions above are good. If not live TV, you can try out different set-ups on the spot to see not what works the best, because many combos will, but what pleases you the best; i.e., your creative decision.

You have the choice to copy convention or not. I saw an interesting doc on John Waters a while back where several interviewees were tipped to a diagonal plane vs the usual vertical. In the overall context of the doc, this was a great choice.

Do you have like one friend/mate you can get over to practice on with a monitor? Spend a couple hours and make this decision in a non-pressure setting.

Usually for docs, the interviewer is not shown; often, there will be just one camera angle. If a single cam on a tripod, a close-up to medium close-up would work. Camera best at head height (this would be default position; modify as needed for aesthetics, etc.). Watch out for lettering/symbols on clothing that could be a problem. Interviewees/subjects/
talent sometimes have a best side; e.g., you can make bad teeth go away with a camera angle.

Dont get hung up with text book lighting. Should be flattering to interviewee or in harmony somehow with the overall project. If you are in a TV studio, expect lighting to be superbright with no shadows; you can get techs to move those ceiling lights around if you know what effect you want (assumes you have producer clout).

If it will be edited, even if not, you can be softly moving in and out during the interview with your zoom control.

If shooting on the premises of the interviewee (office/cluttered dorm room/rice paddy/whatever), definitely do not let this background info go to waste. If shooting with two cams, keep them both rolling the entire interview. You may end up using one of them all the way through, without the other.


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