HOW DO WE GET THE BEST OUT OF INTERVIEWEES WHEN FILMING INTERVIEWS AND PRESENTATIONS?
FILMING INTERVIEWS…DO YOU NEED A SCRIPT OR NOT?
A pre-prepared script ensures you can say everything you need to say in a concise, coherent manner. Some clients want to deliver their dialogue without the aid of a script. This is fine if you are a confident speaker but it can create major problems if you make a small mistake. A second take is required and it is very difficult to repeat the initial dialogue word for word. Quite often we find the second, third or successive takes often feature additional dialogue or don’t include important dialogue that was featured in the previous takes! So we advise you write a pre-prepared script you can hone and rehearse prior to filming. If you need some help, we do offer a scriptwriting service. Filming interviews is straight forward if you are prepared.
If required we can project the script on our Autocue equipment, allowing you to read the script whilst looking straight into the camera lens. This is a foolproof method which ensures clear, accurate, consistent delivery.
SCRIPT PREPARATION AND APPROVAL
Once written, make sure all the stakeholders involved with your video have read it and it is approved by the relevant internal departments such as legal, PR and marketing. Make sure the interviewee has time to prepare and knows what is involved (send them a link to this page!!)
FILMING AND SOUND RECORDING
One of our biggest strengths is putting interviewees at ease and making you feel relaxed and comfortable during the filming experience. Allow enough filming time per person to avoid any unnecessary pressure. We keep the crew small. One cameraman/director, a second cameramen and the sound engineer.
We film all our interviews and presentations with two cameras so we have two angles to edit with-When a mistake is made during filming, we stop and film a second take. We can then simply cut to the other camera angle using the next take, creating a seamless edit.
During filming we monitor the audio using headphones, simultaneously reading the script. We can then check for any mistakes or omissions. This means we can instantly assess if a re-take is required. This may mean we only have to re-record part of a paragraph and not the whole piece.
We have a selection of high quality microphones and recording equipment available to cope with a variety of filming conditions and locations.
We usually film the interview straight to camera with audio and then make a second recording of the voice only. During editing we can then use the spoken recording as a voiceover for the relevant scenes in the film. Switching back to the interview where necessary.
It is important to select a location that is quiet and offers an interesting background for the interview. It is worth telling everyone in the adjacent offices what is happening and displaying notices around the building that quietness is required in the vicinity. Check there is no maintenance work happening in the building that maybe noisy and if possible turn off the air conditioning as this too can be picked up on the microphones
We create a ‘rough-cut’ edit combining all the chosen footage, voiceover and music as per the brief. We add titles, logos and contact details. This is posted securely on line so all the stakeholders can view the video and feedback with any required changes.
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