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Best Angles to Use When Filming an Interview

In delivering the right information to the public, the best thing to do is to interview an authority about the subject.  An interview is intended to make the source available in public eyes as he gives the information. It is the best way to build credibility and accuracy to a report.

A filmed interview with the source needs to be caught at the right angle to make the whole interview interesting for the viewers. If the shot is poorly executed, the audience will be distracted and will not focus on the message of the subject. No matter how meaty the message was, the audience will remember more of the poor shot rather than the substance of the information.

To prevent this from happening, as a cameraman, here are some of the things you need to remember.

1. Camera at eye level of the interviewee. It is normal for the subject not to look at the camera but on the interviewer (the one asking the question). So the interviewer needs to stand or sit just to the left or right of the camera so that the subject will appear as if he is looking at the camera. This makes the audience feel comfortable because it appears that the subject is looking at them. Being eye-level makes the subject avoid appearing as if he is looking up or down at someone.

2. Rule of thirds. Create a three imaginary vertical section on your frame. Place the subject on the third row opposite the other third row from where he is looking at.  Examples, if your subject is looking at the right side, place the person being interviewed in the left third of the frame.  This gives you an impression that the image is balanced and there is no “dead space” behind the person being interviewed.

3. Your angle should find a good background for your subject. Don’t place your subject in front of a boring, plain white background. Do not also take a rowdy crowd as his background. A very simple and a very crowded background both provide distractions to the viewers. Position the camera in such a way that you can avoid these kinds of background.

4. Consider doing two shots. You might consider involving you’re the interviewer in your shot as well. Here, rules number one and two will not apply as both the subject and the interviewer needs to share the same amount of frames and will normally look at each other.