Framing An Interview Shot

Here are some common issues I’ve seen when recording someone for an interview.

No leading space in front of the person.

There should be space on camera in the direction the person is looking. If there’s too much space behind the person, it seems like something will appear behind them. You often see those shots in a horror film.

The person is looking up or down.

This often due to where the person they speak to is located. The camera may be level with the subject’s eyes (and should be), but the person they’re speaking to isn’t. So you’ll see the interviewee looking up or down. 

People will naturally look at the person asking questions, so the interviewer should get as close to the camera lens as possible and be eye level with the interviewee.

The person looks directly at the camera.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You’ll see interviews on the news, especially now with Zoom calls, of interviewees staring directly at the camera. 

Traditionally, people being interviewed would typically look slightly off camera, because they looked at the person asking questions, not address the viewer directly.

But people giving a viewer instructions or a sales pitch commonly address the viewer directly and look straight at the camera.


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