When you set up to shoot an interview, the angles and frames you choose can make or break the video. In this post, we will go over ten different angles that you can use when shooting interviews. You can think of it as a personal cheat sheet for interviews.

Some of the ideas are for your A-camera, and some are for B-cam, but both will help you improve your framing for video interviews!

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Here’s a shortlist of the tips that are covered in this video;

  1. Shoot Through An Object – Shooting through your foreground will bring a sense of intimacy with the viewer
  2. Straight Into the Lens – Pretty straightforward, but when used right, it can put the viewer on the edge of their seat.
  3. Long-Sided Interview – A must for basic interview angles. Split the frame into 3 (think ‘Rule of thirds’), and place your subject accordingly.
  4. Behind – Following the 180-degree rule, you put the camera almost behind the subject. Use this to convey something serious and increase tension for the viewer.
  5. Wide Room – a wide-angle shot can help you connect with the subject, especially if your subject is very charismatic.
  6. BTS Angle – A shot from behind the scenes to show the cameras and gear. Use it to see something artsy, or to show the scale of production.
  7. Underside – Being slightly under eye level makes them seem “bigger” and conveys more authority
  8. Overside – Going over eye level can convey a sense of sentimentality or weakness. It’s to isolate the emotions of your subject
  9. Fluid Flowing Closeups – If you want to take the viewer away to give them a moment to breathe, filming someone who uses a lot of body language will benefit from this, giving you an opportunity to capture these motions
  10. Profile – Moving the camera to be on one complete side of the subject.

I hope these tips gave you some ideas for your next video project. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below and let us know if you have any tips of your own.

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