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Old February 29th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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Best Inteview setting you've seen, and why

Alright guys, I wanna know what the best interview setting you've seen is, and why.

Tell me what you like and don't like in an interview.

What distracts you and what keeps your attention.

And it doesn't have to be the canned, "this is what you do when you interview" standards that are out there, but it certainly can be.

I just want to have a great thread resource for anyone doing interviews and think we can all learn something from everyone.

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Old February 29th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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I really like abstract backgrounds. Sometimes just colored lighting, sometimes interesting compositions that make a regular background seem abnormal. Of course, this all works with that elusive shallow depth of field we so often seek but can't always find.

Some of the nicest looking interview stuff I've seen was in "The Dolphin Murders," a science doc on the mysterious deaths of numerous dolphins. It was photographed by Warwick Sloss and the interviews display exactly what I mentioned above. It's really compelling stuff. I'll try to find screenshots.

Of course, that style, while really great for dramatic stuff, won't work for everything. But it's what I like.

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Old February 29th, 2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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Errol Morris' Interrotron has much to do with it, but also for the lighting and overall environment my pick is Robert McNamera in The Fog of War.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 03:48 PM   #4
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Some of the nicest looking interview stuff I've seen was in "The Dolphin Murders," a science doc on the mysterious deaths of numerous dolphins.
I remember that doc! It was crazy! Though i can't remember the aesthetics of the interviews... it's a truly amazing topic. Quite shocking, I must say.
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Old March 2nd, 2008, 03:59 PM   #5
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And it doesn't have to be the canned, "this is what you do when you interview" standards that are out there, but it certainly can be.

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Umm, I hope this isn't too silly, but... Where can I find "this is what you do when you interview" ?

can anyone suggest a good website or book?

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Old March 2nd, 2008, 04:18 PM   #6
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can anyone suggest a good website or book?
"Sight Sound Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics" by Herbert Zettl
"Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics" by Micheal Rabiger
"Cinematography" by Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen, ASC


The Zettl book is what I considered required reading for anyone who aspired to direct, shoot or edit. Vital information in this book. I know it will be a resource for years and years to come.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #7
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That Tom Cruise Scientology video had great lighting. If you ignore the subject the lighting and rim light and soft amber glow in the back was all very nice and inviting.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #8
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There's a show on the History Channel called Dogfights and I'm quite impressed with how their interviews look. The framing is nice - not too far, not too close (I'm not a big fan of the '60 Minutes' style where they are so close you can see the subject's pores) and they are quite nicely lit (in my amateur opinion). They are shot against a green screen and they've put in a background that is interesting but not distracting.

Funny, now that I'm doing video interviews, every time I see one on TV I'm more interested in the framing, lighting, etc, than the interview itself!

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Old March 6th, 2008, 01:18 PM   #9
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I'm not a fan of the 60 minutes "tight" interview style.

I like the style of the interviews on the CBS sunday morning show.
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