Interview styles

When doing the filming of the vox pops my group really looked for a visually interesting room with good lighting to shoot our interviews in. We ended up shooting in the rocking chair room and our footage turned out really well. They were well lit, well framed, and we were even able to blur the background slightly keeping the focus on the interviewee.

When going to cut the footage I realized that we should have tried to vary the areas a bit more to add more interest to the final video by not seeing the same room in the background the whole time. Because of that and the fact that we were only able to get a handful of interviews, I went through and chose another groups footage that has similar lighting and framing to us but in new locations.

I found that with the question prompts as well as the extra footage from the other group it was really quite fun to put together. Each person adds personality to the video so finding a good fun song really helped with the playfulness and quality of the end product.

This video has a lot going on visually having all of the different people as well as overlays and an opening tracking shot. Because of this I have chosen to keep the titling very simple to not distract or over stimulate the viewer. Even the names I chose to just do on a black background rather than overlaying it on the image. The people are not on the screen for long enough and they are constantly changing throughout which would have changed the consistency.

I actually found this part of the assessment really quite difficult. I found myself wanting to cut to a shot of listening but then there was not enough footage or the person listening would then begin to talk messing up the audio and visual. When there was a good shot with someone listening it never lasted long enough and the camera wound switch to another shot. I tried to cut it in a way that there was still some kind of story without being to jumpy or cutting someone off.

It was challenging but I suppose that was the point to learn from the process. Going through the footage again the motion from shot to shot was still very fluid. Had they been a bit quicker, it may have allowed for better footage to cut to rather than having to see the adjustments and movement.

We were working with such a large group so not everyone was really able to have a chance at getting to be a part of the process. I was the boom operator for the interview segment that I used for the clip but was not able to get behind the camera for this exercise. I realized in post that it is important to be very quick with the movements so that when you get to the editing phase you have more options.

Between the two different types of documentary/interview filming techniques I definitely enjoyed the vox pops a lot more in all aspects. That is not to say though that the other cant be fun as well. In the Vox pops having the stationary camera and the question prompts for the people it allowed for a much smoother looking end video. I think the interviews were more about the process and gaining the confidence to make those quick movements and cuts to create and interesting story.

I am happy with the outcome of both of the projects and I look forward to continuing working with these different styles and methods of filming interviews. It is always a learning process and by experimenting and taking risks I will learn what works best for me and my aesthetic that I can carry forward into future projects.

– Bec

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