Creating Content for your show
Remember that arcTV is way for us to communicate to the whole school the events and activities that have happened during the year. All the content for the show needs to relate back to life within the school. We are asked the staff and administration to fit us into a busy year by cutting back in instruction time, therefore the content must be relevant to school life, be professional, mature, and show leadership values. Remember that our audience is more than teens, and/or more than where your interests are concentrated. Please consult me before attempting to create your production before you are disappointed in the end if it's not acceptable for broadcast.
We want to include as many different faces as possible in our clips for the show; so not just people you know or all grade 12 students. We do not want to create embarrassing situations for students or teachers, in addition, the content must be suitable for a Catholic School environment. I must review all content before it will be considered suitable for broadcast. All clips must be approved prior to broadcast. If something is broadcast was not approved and is aired, there will be serious consequenses and will be deferred to your assigned VP.
In the past many clips were suitable visually, however it might be difficult to understand the purpose of the video. The best rule to think about is the who, what, where, when, and why of journalism. If your clip can answer all of these then you have created a perfect clip for the show. Sometimes a simple voiceover can cover all those answers to help explain things to the audience. Think that we have many new students arrive at the school each year who have no idea what the purpose of many of the events so this is a great way to get the new students involved in the school community. See the tips below to help when you do the opportunity to interview while covering an event.
If you need to add music to your clip, it is safer to go with instrumental background music rather than commercially produced 'radio' music. Visit Incompetech to search out the right piece of music to fit the mood of your clip.
Getting Ready for an Interview
When you interview people for a segment, you want to ensure you have a good understanding of what will make your clip good. There are many little thing to consider when preparing for an interview. Here are some "to-do" items to consider as you get read to shoot an interview.
- Make sure you have a good location that has an interesting background that isn't distracting.
- Also watch that poles or signs aren't coming out of peoples heads
- Always use a tripod, and if you don't have a tripod, lean up against a wall or other sturdy structure.
- Make sure you have headphone in the camera to listen to the sound. If there is too much ambient sound, then you should use a microphone.
- You should start rolling the camera regardless if the interview has started. You can always edit this out of your video later.
- Chat with the person you are interviewing to make them feel comfortable and at ease with the camera in their face.
- Tell them to only look at you during the interview and not into the camera lens.
- Make sure you have a fully charged camera or extra battery.
- If you use a microphone only the person conducting the interview should hold the mic and point towards the subject to pick up their voice with a back and forth motion.
- At the end of each interview, capture a minute of quiet room tone or ambient sound. This will help if you need to edit out sound of the original footage or if you need for pauses and blank spaces.
- Think about your composition of your subject during the setup. Eye placement should be one third down from the top of the viewer. Rule of thirds should always be taken into consideration.
- You can also grab extra footage of what the person talks about in the interview as cut-away footage to break up your interview for the view to look at something else to keep them interested in the discussion.
- Additionally, you can get some footage of the interviewer asking the questions on camera and also getting some 'noddie' shots. The noddies consist of nods and other similar "listening gestures" made by the interviewer. If only one camera is available at the interview site, then these shots are recorded after the actual interview takes place. The shots are spliced into the interview during the editing process to mask any cuts that have been made. This editing technique is universally "read" by audiences as expressing realism and therefore creates the illusion of a seamless dialogue in the interview.
- If you need to add background music to your videos to emote a certain feel, then I suggest that you use instrumental music rather than vocals. Vocals tend to compete to much with the message or visuals you are communicating. Go to Incompetech and search out some royalty-free music clips that will fit the mood.
Video TIPS for shooting Interviews
and ROCK WITH b-ROLL (cutaways)