One heck of a talk about the appreciation and inspiration that artists have for and through the music of the people that inspire them. This is worth the watch. I very much enjoyed it.
These pointers are from a Catholic Priest in Holland who is teaching his parishioners how to use media, and learning himself at the same time.
I don’t know him personally, but I ran across these on the doculink Listserv while working on a project. I thought they were good advice…
Also, the “week” he is referring to, he was at The Vatican. So the Carholic church is finally going digital? Who knew.
“Some general things I learned this week:
- Always prepare the interviews by having a conversation with the person *before* the day you arrive for the actual video interview. It will help you
prepare your questions, and it will have the added benefit of making the
interview less stressful for the person you visit. After all, the interview is going to cover the same topics you already discussed beforehand.
- Think about the structure of the story before you start filming. How will you begin the item? How do you capture the interest of the viewer? What is the main topic of your item? How can you best illustrate that? Where are you going to film what? The more you prepare, the easier it will be to do the actual filming.
- Record one or two interviews in one long take that will form the basis of the narrative.
- Film the person while he or she is doing daily tasks (making a cup of coffee, giving a tour of their apartment, looking up photo albums). This material will be valuable for voice-overs and to be able to cut away from the interview.
- Always ask for photos of events or stories mentioned in the interview. Photos are great to illustrate the things talked about in the interview.
Film them with the camera, but also take digital pictures with your photo camera or high resolution camera phone. Digital photos have a much higher resolution than HD video, so in editing you will be able to zoom in or out or pan over those photos without loss of quality.
- Try to use multiple locations. The longer the item, the more you want to
change environments to keep things visually interesting.
- If you change locations during the item, don’t forget to film scenes that
mark the transition. For instance, a few shots in which you just walk or
drive from one place to another.
- Always look for depth in the image you are filming. Never place someone in front of a wall. Look for perspective. You want your images to have as much depth as possible.
- Avoid direct sunlight on the faces of the people you interview. It is difficult to balance the contrast without extra light or a reflection screen, and when you are being interviewed, it is very uncomfortable to have direct sunlight on your face. Look for shadow or filtered light.
- Be careful with plants, flowers and other distracting elements in the background. A beautiful garden doesn’t always ‘work’ on camera. And make sure that you don’t position someone in front of a tree or a lantern. The final image is 2D, and if you are not careful, some camera positions can make it seem like a plant or pole is growing out of someone’s head!
- Use natural light if possible. Only add artificial light when absolutely necessary.
- If you only have one camera, don’t forget to reposition the camera after the interview and film yourself asking a few of the questions. Also take a few shots in which you appear to be listening, nodding or smiling. You can insert those in the interview afterwards while editing.
- Most important lesson: take your time setting things up before you start filming. Avoid rushing through preparations as much as possible. If you make a mistake with focus, light or audio because you didn’t allow yourself
enough time to prepare, you run the risk of ending up with faulty footage that you won’t be able to use.”