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How do I go about filming interview videos?

It might seem like much of a muchness but you’d be surprised how often I get asked whether somebody should be sitting or standing whilst filming interview videos.

So I thought I’d run through the pros and cons of each of them so it’d give you a better idea.


You’ll find standing is a little bit more immediate and it’s a little bit more active.

It gives people a lot more room to move their hands and things like that. However, if you find somebody is a very active person they might be tempted to kind of rock back and forth or sway to the side. This behaviour isn’t going to give you a clear message because people are going to be looking at them rocking instead of listening to what they’re saying.

If you do find somebody is a little bit hyper it’s usually best to try to put them in a chair unless that’s really really what you’re going for.

It’s the same for somebody that’s quite fidgety or nervous in front of a camera, standing they might feel like they’re in front of a firing range. It might be best to sit them down so that they can’t really move around as much and they’re more locked in to the content that you’re filming.

VOX POPS (on the fly)

I always say that it’s best to film anything that’s like a man on the street vox pop where you’re just grabbing somebody and quickly asking them some questions.

If you’re trying to get someone’s time quickly and they’re giving it to you on the fly it’s usually best to film that standing. It’s quicker than forcing them into a chair and miking them up. It’s best to just have a handheld mic, hand it to them and just film it best you can.

It’s gonna feel more immediate and they’re gonna give you fresher answers and be happier to help you out.


There are a few pros and cons to that it does feel a little bit more formal unless you put the interview subject on a couch then it
seems very very casual so that’s how I why I usually advise never to do that because you have people kind of leaning back and you just end up seeing a lot of chin.

So just look for a nice steady chair and keep them in there, particularly if you’re doing anything that’s professional or finance based it’s usually always best to have people sitting if you want that kind of, you want a little bit more elegance and a little bit more structure.

And a seated set up is always best if you’re doing interviews with a lot people and you have to cycle them through, it means
that you’re not adjusting the camera for people’s height, or moving back and forth.

Pretty much when everyone’s seated it only requires minor adjustments to capture them all, so if you’ve got a lot to do, or people are gonna be
sitting for long periods of time, definitely go with a seated arrangement.

I hope this has been helpful and given you a clearer idea about sitting or standing for filming interview videos.
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