My suggestion would be to


My suggestion would be to create a scene which you and the interviewee are a part of, rather than creating a background in front of which you “perform.” Before joining “60 Minutes,” Charlie Rose would interview guests with them both seated at a table, no background other than black drapes. Thus the focus was entirely on the subjects.

I recall seeing an interview in which there were two elegant chairs, a coffee table and a handsome floor lamp, again with only a solid color drapery background. Even in an office setting, limiting the background to a wall, a lamp — which provides an excellent opportunity for motivated lighting — and a few books or perhaps a non-glare picture.

I favor soft drapery — drapery with soft pleats as opposed to a stretched backdrop or photographer’s backdrop paper — as a background because it can be lighted in numerous ways, creating highlights and shadow with cross-lighting or with patterned gobos.

If you decide to use painted walls you might consider panels — 2’x3′ for example and perhaps a couple of 3’x4′ — each painted in a slightly different color, e.g., shades of gray or blue. Mount these so that they stand out a few inches from the wall, giving you a broken but homogeneous background which will take light very well.

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