I work for a communications solutions firm in Tokyo, and given a recent influx in requests for basic video work, we are considering expanding our offered services into the filming and post-production areas. We already do some photography work as well as design, but video is a new area, and Iíve been told by management to go out and purchase equipment, and basically figure out everything about the process from filming to post production myself. Iím a casual photographer, but am basically starting from square one here.
In general, we will be conducting straightforward 1 on 1 interviews, with the footage to then be edited and subtitles added in post-production.
Itís a tall order, but Iím looking for recommendations on:
Equipment (Price range $3,000-4,000)
∑ Camera (Right now leaning towards the Canon 6D, although Iím open to other options)
∑ Lenses (Not sure where to start here, but given the ďinterviewĒ nature of the work, what are one or two lenses I should be looking at?)
∑ Audio equipment (based on technical specs above).
Editing programs (for Windows and preferably with good subtitling functions)
Filming tutorials or some kind of educational resources for this kind of work
To get a better understanding of what kind of work Iíll be expected to do, take a look at some details requested by one of our clients for an upcoming project, and let me know what you think:
Short 1 on 1 Interview format project
- Shoot progressive
- Use separate microphones for interviewer and interviewee, record to discrete audio channels
- On-camera mic not acceptable
- "Larger-sensor" cameras* are preferred
*For DSLRs, please use a flat picture profile with low contrast and low sharpness
- Sync audio to picture if sound was recorded separately
- No text overlay or special effect
- Export as video: H.264, 1920x1080, 36Mbps minimum; audio: AAC 256kbps minimum
- Use "Arial Unicode MS"
- White text with thick black outline
- Only 1 line at a time, with no more than 40 characters in the line, example as follows:
Some other details regarding the kind of setting for the project:
- Interview to be held in a quiet indoor place (around 600 sq. ft., see following screen shoots to have idea)
- Have Interviewee against uncluttered background (refer to the following screen shoots)
- Have an appropriate distance between interviewee and background, to throw background out of focus
- Professional lighting, with a balanced mix of ambient light
- Have interviewee slightly to the left or right in frame
- Interviewer sits beside the camera and is not to not appear on camera
- Interviewee is to look at interviewer, not the camera
- Shot size - medium, examples as follows:
Any and all help would be much appreciated in the areas Iíve mentioned above. Iíll be checking back frequently, so I can answer any clarifying questions if they arise.