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    hi all

    this may sound like a stupid question but what should the camera placement be for an interview? is there any angel rule documentary makers use?

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    If in doubt, the only stupid thing would be not asking the question.
    There are many ways of doing this - just watch TV and you'll see a wide variety. As for what's appropriate for you we need to consider the following:

    1. Location. Inside? Outside? Seated? Walking? On a vehicle?
    2. What are the surroundings? Do they relate to the interview?
    3. Is this an interview of one person (at a time) or many?
    4. Is it a series of brief "open" questions where what we're primarily interested in is the response? Or is it more of a discussion? (this affects whether we want to see the interviewer or not)
    5. Is it possible to ask the same question a number of times (and thus cover the shot from many angles - which would give far more variety)
    6. Who is the audience? What is the idea of the piece? What message are you trying to get across? Do you want the camera to be fly on the wall? Clinically unbiased? Or do you want the viewer to be involved?

    Some of these may be irrelevant and there may be other stuff which needs to be considered.

    Frightening isn't it?
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    Tim makes some good points and things to think about but the simple answer is usually head hight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Tim makes some good points and things to think about but the simple answer is usually head hight.
    Indded. I hadn't even considered vertical angles!
    Tim

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    I would say, just don't have your lens all the way wide and be close to your interview-e. If you have enough room, try to move back to get some shallow depth of feild, it'll make your talent stand out a little more. Give space for there angle of view.
    Have the interviewer standing next to the camera so that the interview-e will be looking slightly off.

    Heres some interviews I shot last year.


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