September 27, 2014 at 9:03AM

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Shot Composition

This question may not be up to the philosophical level of other questions that appear here but how much "talk space" is necessary for the "head shot" of an interviewee? I'm talking "news-y" type interviews where you may show the interviewee about :08 - :10 seconds for every 2:00 or so of comments from them.
I shoot a lot of one-man-band interviews and often the interviewee shifts in the frame from where I place them with good talk space to being slightly offset from center in the frame. (And of course, the bite I want to use on camera has poor talk space). I get very strong feedback whenever the talk-space isn't considered good enough. On the other hand, I've seen TV interviews in various genres (news, documentaries, sports) where the producers seem pretty casual about talk space. So, as I asked before, is there a best-practice for "talk space."

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Shoot 4K and use loose framing so that you can reframe in post. You would be surprised at how simple and effective this technique is.

September 27, 2014 at 10:28PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Or just ask them before rolling not to move from their position. Afterall you would have light them (or picked a spot with enough available light) and you don't want them to cast ugly shadows on their face. Or loose that great background behind them.

September 28, 2014 at 4:06AM

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Stel Kouk
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Yes, if you not can afford 4K, the "trick" the Stel Said it's good. Works all time.

September 28, 2014 at 4:25AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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