Beyond the simple interview


Any filming situation should contain a form of narrative. The camera represents the viewpoint of your audience and so you must take them on a journey. Move where they would move and look at the things that they would look at. If you pose a question with one shot you must answer it with the next.

  • Common Tricks – Hand reaching for a door > Subject enters a new room.
  • Managing Expectations – Deviating from the norm is confusing.

5 Step Technique

The 5 step technique is a commonly used set up in many filming situations. Recognising and capturing these basic shots will give you a narrative that can be followed in the editing room.

Setting scene
Over the shoulder
Interest shot
Image: The subject

The person performing the activity.

Image: Wide shot

Wide shot of the subject performing the activity within the relevant surroundings.

Image: Over the shoulder

The activity from the view of the subject or third party.

Image: Interest shot

Highlighting a point of interest or filming from an obscure angle.

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