July 12, 2015 at 9:10AM

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Cinematography for an emotional interview

Does anyone have any tips for shooting an emotional interview?

I will be interviewing one person, I will be using two cameras.
Can I operate the camera or should I be sitting next to it?
Where should the subject look?
How close should I frame it?
Is a 60mm enough to create an emotional impact?
Is one strong light source enough?

I'll be shooting on a GH4 (speedboster and Sigma 18-35) and a FZ1000 in 16:9 for those who are interested.

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I would suggest setting up the camera and just letting it roll, then sitting a couple of feet away and having the interviewee look at you and talk to you. Since it is emotional, you don't want the interviewee to focus on the camera, its better for them to dialogue with you, the interviewer. You can get so much out of an interview when the subject can forget about the camera and have a real, human conversation, this generates the best results. Try to keep the camera as far back as humanly possible, this will help them forget they're being filmed.

August 10, 2015 at 2:14PM

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