Get Rid of Boom Mics from Your Talking Heads
How do you shoot beautiful, wide interviews without including your boom mic and C-stand in the frame?
When shooting an interview subject or any kind of talking head, you know you want to capture amazing audio while also framing your subject in a flattering way. But certain shots will probably include your boom mic peeking down, or maybe part of a boom pole or C-stand.
There are a couple of really easy solutions to this problem! Sidney Diongzon provided a couple in his recent video. Check it out below!
Get rid of that pesky boom
One super-simple fix is simply getting your shot set up the way you want. Place your mic as close to the subject as possible without it being fully visible. Usually, about a foot or 18 inches is perfect.
Then all you have to do is use your camera's zoom to frame the shot until the microphone is no longer visible.
This is the set-up most productions opt for.
If you want to get slightly fancier or use a wider shot, you can try a second option. Shoot your interview with the wide shot you desire. Once the interview is complete, let the subject exit the frame. Remove your boom mic and other visible gear.
Then shoot a clean plate, meaning an empty shot you can use for compositing. About a minute should work.
Drop your footage into Adobe Premiere Pro. Put the clean plate above the interview footage, then mask out the boom mic and stand. Feather the layer to make the plate look smooth.
Diongzon also recommends using Premiere plugins to give the shot some camera shake or wiggle, to make the shot look handheld and hide any small inconsistencies between the layers.
This set-up will work best if you're able to shoot in a controlled space, probably inside. On outdoor shoots, you won't be able to have consistent light for a full day of shooting and will have a heck of a time trying to match the plates with the interviews.
You might also opt for a lav mic if you don't want to mess with any of this! What's your preference?