Film a video interview which is made easy with one camera

A video interview is great for spreading opinion on a subject and are also effective at establishing credibility. Also, they make great testimonial videos if the person interviewed is a raving fan talking about your products or services. An interview video is great at showing the industry why people should be listening to you.

The misconception about shooting a video interview is that two cameras are always necessary. While shooting with multiple cameras or smartphones will take longer to edit, it is possible to shoot a great video interview using nothing more than a single device. There are many ways in which you can film am interview, but this blog will cover some basic ones to help get you going. All it takes is a little camera positioning creativity to produce a polished product which I’ll explain below.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Preparation and Interview Structure

First of all prepare your questions in advance. Also, you may also want to share the questions with the interviewee before any filming begins. I’d advise that interviewees never memorize their answers. The key is authenticity and a good interview will flow like a nice natural conversation. Before jumping straight into filming you may also want to warm up with some general conversation to get everyone relaxed.

Filming from the correct angle

Interview videos work best if you shoot all subjects from an angle. This is a common technique which is used on film and television. Unless one of the participants is addressing the audience directly, both the interviewer and interviewee should be facing one another with the camera filming them from the side.

How to shoot a video interview with one camera
Example shows both participants looking at one another. Notice how the camera isn’t targeting either directly in the face.

Who’s going to be in the interview video?

Before shooting an interview it’s important to work out who’s going to be in the video. Obviously the interviewee needs to be in the video, but you need to decide whether the interviewer is also going to be in the video. Who’s in the video interview will determine the shots necessary to take.

Interviewee Only

Using this approach the camera is only on the interviewee. The interviewer asks the questions and stays out of the camera’s shot.

Filming only the interviewee is easier to edit, only one microphone is required and you just need to make sure that the interviewee is adequately lit up properly with proper lighting. For those on a budget who don’t have multiple microphones and multiple lights this can be useful.

Style 1

Questions are asked by the interviewer, but the interviewee does not have to include them into their answer. Instead, the question appears graphically before or while the interviewee answers the questions.

Style 2

Interviewee leads with the questions in each answer provided. For example, if the interviewer asks ‘ what did you think about event XYX ‘ , the interviewee would say ‘ I thought event XYZ was fantastic and I enjoyed it because ….. ‘

Video demonstrating Style 1

Interviewer and Interviewee

Filming both the interviewer and the interviewee will take a little more time to edit and multiple microphones will be required to capture adequate audio. Also, you’ll need to make sure that you have enough lighting if you’d like to film a wide shot of both the interviewer and interviewee. Even if only one camera is available, you can still get really creative using one camera to capture both the interviewer and interviewee. By shooting all of the content twice, you can film both the interviewer and interviewee using a combination of wide angle and closes-up shots.

First Round – Wide Shots

The video camera or smart phone is positioned so it captures a wide shot of both the interviewer and interviewee.

Round 2 – Close-up shots

After the first round of questions is asked, the camera positioning is changed with a close-up shot of the interviewee. All of the questions by the interviewer are repeated.

Video demonstrating Round 1 – Wide shots

Video demonstrating Round 2 – Close up shot

How to film an interview with one camera only - multiple camera angles 2

By shooting in both wide shot and close up shots, the interview can be more dynamic. Shots of the interviewer asking questions in a wide shot with answers provided in wide shot and close ups will enhance any video.

stop thinking about it and start experimenting with interview videos. With a bit of creativity mixing up shots you will be surprised what you can end up producing.

The Video Effect by Nigel Camp

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