Webshotz part 2
This is part 2 of our Webshotz blog. If you haven't already, read part 1 for even more tips to help you when filming your webshotz.
Should you do your video as an interview style or straight to camera?
Once we have your script and have done some rehearsals we may decide that it would more comfortable to record your piece in an interview style instead of straight to camera. If you are likely to want to include statistics then prepare them in advance and check their current.
Generally, it is best not to know specific questions before filming as you will be tempted to rehearse the answers so much that you will not give a natural performance in front of the cameras. However, the questions would be agreed with you at the time and simply act a prompt for you to cover your three main benefits.
If you do come across as too well rehearsed the interviewer will notice and change the questions so as to get you to be more natural in your answers. You may be asked to re-do some of the questions, this could be for a variety of reasons but will mainly allow the Director to use different camera angles or shots so as to make the visual imagery more interesting for the viewer and allow for editing.
You may also be asked to record some ‘noddies’. These are cutaway shots used to cover up any edits and will consist of you simply looking at the presenter or other guests as if you are listening to what they are saying. It can sometimes seem a little un-natural with the tendency to want to speak or giggle but you must keep a knowledgeable look about you whilst this is being recorded.
During the recording there may be some distracting noises ‘off mic’ and although normally ignored by the human ear when recorded, can be very distracting to the viewer. These are generally noted by the sound recordist and the Director will be advised to re-take the question.
If you are being interviewed in a group then always pay attention to whoever is speaking at that time as another camera may be shooting cutaway shots of you without your knowledge, so try to look interested in the speaker and not look away, yawn or look down as this will tend to look as if you are falling asleep. Politicians are particularly advised to be wary of this!
So you are going to be interviewed: Who will be present during the shoot?
Apart from yourself and any other guests, there will be the interviewer or presenter who will ask you the questions.
For a webshotz the questions are removed from the final edit, so you will be asked to incorporate the question into your answer so that the viewer understands what your answer relates to. The interviewer will not interrupt your flow and so will tend not to acknowledge you but will simply nod the head in approval, this can seem a little un-natural so don’t take it as a criticism of your performance.
There may also be a Producer/Director who controls the shoot, a cameraman and his assistant, a sound recordist, possibly a production runner and sometimes a make-up artist. Although we use cool lights, it can still get quite warm while filming so we may apply a little powder to prevent glare from the lights spoiling your shot.
Are you going to be interviewed? Then ignore all those around you!
Do not to look at the camera or other members of the crew and concentrate on the person asking you the questions. Don’t be afraid to take a pause for breath prior to answering the question or take some thinking time before answering; there is no need to jump straight in after the question. Usually, any pauses at the beginning of a reply are edited out of the final programme. Don’t start an answer with “as I said earlier” or “yes” or “so” or “that’s right” these comments make editing difficult. If, for any reason, you are not happy with your answer though, ask to record it again.
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