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Weekly Video Tip: One Camera Interviews

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By Stephen Schweickart

Just because you’re shooting an interview with one camera doesn’t mean it has to look that way. A little creativity can go a long way in making things more interesting.

One of the most common techniques involves recording what are called “over the shoulder” shots. Before or after the interview, stand behind both the interviewer and the interviewee and shoot several seconds over their respective shoulders with the other person clearly in view. Have the person facing the camera occasionally nod their head, smile, or use other body language as though they are engaged in a conversation. During the editing process, you can insert the footage while audio from the person in the foreground is heard—thus giving the impression of a two camera shoot. Separate close-up shots of both subjects acting as though they are intently listening can be useful as well.

Also, record separate footage of just the interviewer asking each question in its entirety. This will provide plenty of flexibility in the editing process. Finally, intersperse the different angles and approaches generously throughout the editing process for a final product that’s engages the viewer much more effectively.

Stephen Schweickart is the co-founder of VScreen. For more information on this topic, visit VScreen’s blogsite at http://www.vscreen.com/blog/.

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