September 26, 2014 at 4:55PM
This isn't a deeply philosophical question -- I don't think. I work for a local cable channel. I do a lot of video segments that involve interviews. Mostly we use head shots of the interviewees and after showing the interviewee for a name key, we cover most of their other comments with b-roll. I often get feedback if the interviewee doesn't have a good amount of "talk space" when they're on screen. (By "talk space" I mean they're well offset to one side of the screen and looking toward the other side to imply they're looking toward an unseen interviewer when talking).
I understand the desire for talk space but I'm often a "one man band" and find that it's hard to maintain the interviewee in the best position at all times. (I certainly don't let them wander out of frame.) Is it terrible if the portion of the interview I decide to use on screen has the interviewee offset a bit but without pronounced "talk space?"