Guide for Filming Amazing Interviews

Hi! Here’s our top 7 tips to help you film amazing interviews.
Filming an interview can be as nuanced as the conversation itself. From setting the stage to capturing the essence of dialogue, every element matters. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to film an interview that not only looks professional but also resonates with your audience.

1. Understanding Your Subject: Before the cameras roll, understanding your interview subject is crucial. Research their background, previous interviews, and topics of interest. This preparation ensures you ask relevant questions and create a rapport that encourages genuine, engaging responses.

2. Choosing the Right Equipment: Selecting the right equipment can make or break your interview. For a seamless experience, consider using our Interview Kit. It includes everything from high-quality cameras to microphones, ensuring your interview looks and sounds professional.

3. Setting the Scene: The location and background of your interview can significantly impact the final product. Choose a quiet, well-lit area that complements the subject matter. Consider the rule of thirds for framing your subject and ensure the background isn’t too distracting.

4. Lighting and Sound: Good lighting and clear audio are non-negotiable in interview filming. Use soft, diffused lighting to avoid harsh shadows. For sound, lavelier mics or boom microphones can provide clear audio while reducing background noise and ideally both at the same time, so you will have a secondary to cut to, if the subject bumps the clip mic, as they are saying the most important sentence. A great tip is to record 30-60 sec of “silence” of the room. (a room is rarely completely silence..) This will help you a lot later, trying to fit together clips.

5. Establishing a Connection: Building a connection with your subject is key to a natural and fluid interview. Maintain eye contact, listen actively, and encourage your subject to elaborate on their answers.

6. Post-Production Perfection: In post-production, trim out any off-topic segments and enhance the audio and visual quality. Adding subtitles and lower-thirds for names and titles can also add a professional touch to your final piece.

7. Final Thoughts: Remember, a successful interview is not just about the technical aspects; it’s about storytelling. Your goal is to weave a narrative that captivates your audience.

For a more detailed look at the equipment and techniques to nail your next interview, check out our comprehensive Interview Kit. When booking this kit, you will get a free downloadable guide to setting up the kit.

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