An interview that I filmed and edited last year.

I'd be very interested to hear what people think about this video. I've been trying to think of ways to make basic sit down interviews come across with a little more visual flair and interest, without resorting to MTV style chop-chop editing or any overly distracting elements. Please let me know what you think of this form (basically a shifting music bed mixed with still images and what little B-Roll I could muster).

If anyone has any suggestions (with links perhaps) for how to make one on one interviews more interesting to look at as pieces of entertainment I'd be really keen to hear them.

This was my first time out with the Canon 5D MkII - I think I'd only had it for a day or so when I took it out on this shoot, and I made a number of rookie mistakes! First and foremost, I hadn't figured out how to get the camera out of 'auto' for shooting video, and subsequently the exposures aren't what I would have liked them to be. For some reason the colours came out very yellow as well, so I had to struggle to correct it properly in post, but didn't have a lot of luck - I don't really like the final grade; his eyes look very pink around the edges, and his face is a funny kind of peachy colour.

I also ran out of space on my compact flash cards half way through the interview, having completely underestimated how much space one needs when shooting video. Luckily I bought along a Sony Z1 which was running alongside the 5D!

Kit used ...

Sony Z1
Canon 5D MkII
Dedo portable light kit

For all it's triumphs and foibles as a video camera, it's easy to forget what an incredible stills camera the 5D is. While it's taken me a long time to get used to and work around its limitations as a video camera, I've been in love with using it as a stills camera from day one. The stills used in this video were pretty much the first stills i shot with it.

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