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Picking an Interview Location
If you can, pick a place for the interviews. Make sure it's a place where you can control the light and minimize external audio. Hallways with students walking in the background might seem like a good idea, but keep in mind that they will be noisy. Be conscious of where you shoot, paying particular attention to light and sound.
Varied Conversation Poses
If you're filming in the same place for several interviews, switch up your poses! Place your interviewee to the right or left of the frame and go switching it up. If you can, change the background. Try different colored walls to switch up your backgrounds; this will make it look like you had a variety of shooting locations.
When filming, you want to make sure that the interviewer is as close to the camera as possible. The only people who look comfortable staring straight into a camera are, you guessed it, news anchors. For the rest of us, it's easier to feel that you're having a conversation with someone. So by placing the interviewer as close to the camera as possible, the interviewee's eyes will be pretty close to looking at the camera.Also, if your subject is on the left of your frame, you want their eyes looking to their right. If they're on the right of the frame, you want their eyes looking to their left.
Real World Example
A great example of this kind of work is what is done in The Office (the TV Show). They do a lot of "fly on the wall" documenting, but they have a special place for interviewsBTW: Check out their following of the rule-of-thirds, eye lines, and even lighting.
THE 5 P’S OF YOUR INTERVIEW
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