Nine tips for journalists shooting video interviews

Nine tips for journalists shooting video interviews

Doug Mazell | September 20, 2011

As more journalists start shooting video, IJNet got these tips from a pro on how to make sure those videos are newsworthy.

Los Angeles-based Doug Mazell, long-time film producer and director of photography, has drawn up a list of nine practical tips on how to shoot a quality video interview.

1. Don't forget about sound! Find a very quiet place to record the interview. Keep your subject close so the on-camera microphone records the best-possible sound.

2. Try to keep the face of your subject the brightest part of the scene. Look at the background of your video image -- if it seems very bright, change your composition. This might only require moving to the right or to the left just a few feet. Look at the entire frame, not just the face of your subject. A good image consists of a good subject and a better background.

3. Try to keep the background clutter-free. Your brain may isolate your subject, but the camera sees everything. Look deep into your video image and try to keep the background clean. Again, this may just require moving to the the left or to the right a few feet.

4. When asking a question of your subjects, have them repeat the question in their answer.

5. If possible, shoot video of items, subjects or locations that your subject may refer to in the interview. These shots can be used to help tell the story.

6. Write down 5 questions that will work in every situation and tape it to your camera.

7. Try to use a mono pod to steady your camera.

8. Always carry spare batteries and memory cards.

9. Keep you camera and lenses as clean as possible.




Great Great

Well done.
its very helpful information , only I wish you also mention something about how long should a shot take for a position of an subject..
But its great great.
tx kev

Another resource

These are great tips, I think readers may also benefit from Small World News' guide to producing media safely and securely, we frame the entire focus around visual journalism, and its available in Arabic also!


Brian Conley


Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Twitter message links are opened in new windows and rel="nofollow" is added.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Please log in or register in order to comment this post.