This blog post will give you 4 Tips on how to film a talking head video in a hurry.
As a video production company we often get asked to shoot videos at the last minute for clients who need a fast delivery. So we thought we would share some of our tips if you find yourself in this situation. Here are our 4 tips on how to film a talking head video in a hurry.
Tip 1: Be clear about what the interview is about
The first tip is to prepare your questions or script well in advance of shooting. Fact check everything and make sure that the interviewees office or press person has signed off the content before you turn up to film. If the interviewee needs to learn lines or to prepare answers to questions then they need time to do this. Give them as much notice as you can and do not assume anything!
Tip 2: Set up early
Often when you are filming a talking head the interviewee will be a senior member of a company or organisation and that means they are going to be busy. So every minute you can spend setting up cameras, tripods and lights before they arrive in the room is going to give you more time to film and more chances to get it right. Have someone of a similar height to sit in while you adjust lighting, camera height, framing and test microphones.
Tip 3: Relax the interviewee
This tip goes for most filming situations, but it’s often overlooked. Introduce yourself and the crew to the interviewee before you start filming. Keep only the essential people in the room while you film so they are not daunted. Remind them exactly what you will be asking before the interview so they are not nervous. Give them a glass of water within easy reach. Explain where they should sit and where their eye line should rest. People are far more likely to give you a good delivery if they feel a rapport with you, the interviewer.
Tip 4: Get everything in the can once
As you are in a hurry you are better off getting all of your questions and answers covered once, even if the delivery is not perfect. This way if the interviewee has to leave early it’s not a complete disaster. This also helps the interviewee relax because if you pull them up after the first answer they can begin to get self conscious and nervous. Once you have everything recorded, (or in the can), once then you can get picky if you still have time.
These are the most important tips I can think of to share, because these are the things most likely to go wrong. Filming a talking head is deceptively simple, don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s easy. If you follow these tips you will be on the way to shooting great interviews.
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