We’ve done a lot of interviews, some successful and some not so much! Through practice and learning the best ways to interview we’d now say we’re thoroughly versed in the art of interviewing techniques. By no stretch are we journalists but we know how to shoot a good looking interview and we know how to get the most out of our subject. Here are three handy tips to get you started!
1. Shhhh quiet!
Silence is golden as they say especially when it comes to interviewing. Look we know this is easier said than done but the more you can do to control the environment when it comes to noise pollution the better. It starts with picking your location if you can and you’re not shooting off the cuff interviews, book yourself a quiet room or source a quiet location. This prevents any noisy crowds, local ambience, cars or anything else that may interrupt your flow. Once in the correct and quiet space, it’s always a good idea to check that there is no noise in the room. This can include fridges, air conditioning or general echo. If you can, switch off any electrical appliances that may cause unnecessary noise.
2. Lights, camera… lights.
You’ve found your quiet room, you have where your subject will be placed in your mind, so now what? Lighting! If you want to capture the best possible interview lighting is everything. Let’s start simple don’t shoot against a window, shoot with a window. If you shoot against a window you’ll end up with an overexposed shot and you won’t be able to see your subject. On the flipside, if you shoot with the window using the natural light that will bring your subject out and make sure they’re the centre of attention! If you’re a little bit more organised and professional bring some lights with you. We recommend an LED kit as a starter; cheap and lightweight, absolutely great for these types of opportunity!
3. Watch how you ask that question?
You don’t just want yes or no answers. Your interview will definitely be short lived. So make sure you prompt your interviewee and press to get the answers that will best benefit the interview. If you don’t find it compelling will your audience? It’s important to note when asking the question to ask your subject to work it into their answer. This makes editing your interview together later so much easier, no need for question titles or hearing the interviewers voice just a nice clean answer from the interviewee. A top tip would be to give the interviewee the questions in advance. Introducing the questions beforehand gives them time to think about their answer and come prepared.
If you take these tips into account we’re sure you’ll capture the interview you want!
If you’re still struggling with capturing interviews or just don’t have the time we’d be happy to help! Get in contact and we’ll help you get the most out of your interviewees!