Filmed interviews are used to convey information and experiences directly to the camera.
And from high-rolling executives, blasé faire musicians, through to excitable university students, every interview we’ve done for one of our films has been different.
Nevertheless there are a set of guidelines we follow that help get the best from each interviewee. If you are looking to capture ‘talking heads’ footage, we recommend the following:
Keep it impromptu
Filmed interviews are most engaging when they feel natural and conversational. If your interviewee knows the exact questions you will ask, they may deliver scripted answers that sound forced. Sure, let them know the topics you will cover and what kind of questions you will ask, but don’t share everything before the camera rolls.