Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Interview Composition

GOAL: Learn how to compose high quality interviews shots according to PBS Hawaii Standards...
PRE: Each team will turn in at least 6 still images (2-3 per person) of what they believe to be acceptable interview composition.
POST: After the critique, reshoot your teammates with a variety of correct interview compositions that meet PBS standards (2-3 per person).

First, explain the difference between a host or reporter shot and an interview shot. Describe what the background of an interview shot should be composed of and why NEVER to shoot flat angle interviews against a wall, hedge, fence, bus or any other flat surface. What is "look room" and how can you setup "The Line" to avoid creating a profile shot. (6 sentence minimum)

In a host or reporter shot, the reporter is directly in front of the camera and looking directly into the camera. In an interview shot the person is talking to the side of the camera and not directly to the camera. The background of an interview should have things that could frame the person and not things that could distract from the interview. Flat angle shots should never be shot because 

Then, discuss what you believe to be the most important part of shooting a successful interview... Is it getting a good shot, making the interviewee comfortable, being a good director, testing & recording high quality audio, or asking follow up questions? What strategies can you think of to make the interviewing process easier? (6 sentence minimum)

Everything from getting a good shot, making the interviewee comfortable to being a good director, testing and recording high quality audio, or asking follow up questions is very important for shooting a successful interview. I think the most important part of shooting a successful interview is being a good director. Being a good director is important because everything starts with the director.

                                       Make sure they are not looking too far off the camera

                                          Too close, Making the interviewee uncomfortable

Make sure there isn't anything sticking out from their head

ALD 5.1 Design a targeted digital media message or concept that addresses the needs of a client.
ALD 5.2 Plan and construct a digital media product from budgeted resources that addresses client needs.
ALD 5.3 Assess the collaborative process for its impact on the design, planning, and production of a digital media product.

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