SF Chuck, above, offered a


SF Chuck, above, offered a good alternative to the pricy (and excellent) kits out there. I recently stumbled on a Markertek hard copy catalog with some interesting kit selections. Their printed catalog is a great read; they principally serve the pro market, like TV stations, network broadcast facilities, filmmaking companies, and the like. Unfortunately, their web site in my estimation is like finding your way on Mars compared to B&H which is easy to navigate.
When you go to those offices for the interviews, keep in mind that you can move stuff around and position your subject pretty much where you want for the best dramatic and visual impact. Tables and chairs can be moved, but should be moved back when you are done. Behind the desk is often not a very good solution. Immediately when you enter the office, canvass the room and mentally decide on one or two best setups. Be decisive, signalling that you know what you are doing. Your subject will want to look good on video and will respect your artistic judgment. (Also, be aware of noise sources, like air conditioning vents, that may be a factor in your audio setup.) Good to ask your subject for suggestions on the setup as he/she may have the experience of other interview crews passing through or may have preferences based on whatever. But it’s your interview and your shooting style, so you have a lot of clout on this.

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