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Political Interview Filming

LBC Radio Station Booth

Heart FM Radio

This is Global own Heart FM, Capital Radio, LBC and Classic to name a few and they were interested in recording the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

I recently was contacted by This is Global to film some interviews for them. It was a straight forward shoot where I would setup static with a broadcast camera and capture audio straight into the camera. Normally I would record separately onto an external recorder but this is real world filming and a journalistic filming approach was needed for me to film over 30 interviews during a 2 day conference.

My setup was simple with a Canon XF105 broadcast video camera, Rode Shotgun mic, Interview Mic, Headphones and a 600 LED Light and gels. Originally I had brought in Sennheiser Wireless Mics but the client were happy with a hand mic as it had their logo on and so we got ready for our interviewees to appear. 

Below is one of the short video interviews I shot and this is straight out of the camera as I assumed the Video Editor on location would dial in some color balance over the 2 days. The main issue would be the large plasma screen in the background which had to be exposed first so as not to bleed into the interviewee's and once I set this up I used the main 600 LED Light against the ambient background. To finish off the lighting of their other side of face I used my portable 125 LED Top Light with some black tin wrap to direct it.

I think the main issue on filming in a busy party conference is having to constantly move video camera and lights between interviews as its a working stand this was performed numerous times and in some part I am glad that I did not have to attach a wireless Audio Mic as well.


Multi-Camera Filming for Sporting Interviews

The Clare Balding Show


Preparing to film for any interview whether on Location or Studio based these days especially a Multi-Camera shoot takes a lot of organisation and thought.

How where we going to film 2 special guests, one interviewer in a clubhouse on a Golf Course miles from any major city that being Newcastle Upon Tyne and no way to scout (Recce) the location.

The Clare Baling show is a Topical weekly live chat show with guests and as such we had a good setup there because we knew that this would be a static shoot either in the clubhouse or outside depending on the weather and nothing more so we thought. As it happened I had the opportunity to look around the venue on arrival as I was the first there and the Clubhouse had an outdoor veranda area where I could set up the shoot from. The weather was occasional bright sunshine and although it may sound great for filming its actually a nightmare as we found out because when the sun is constantly coming and going you end up constantly adjusting the iris and exposure to compensate for light changes, its awful to watch. 

The daylight balanced enough in the afternoon and we set up the the 4 Canon C300's around the table capturing the interview action from different angles, a one shot, two shot and wide plus reverse shots of guests to get as much coverage and variety for the edit. As it happens we only needed to use natural lighting and 1 large LED source to light the interview.

The C300's with their 35mm large sensors and global shutters proved a great asset to filming in a low light environment and we had no problem delivering a great interview to the client BT Sport.

Video Production Company in Hull Filming the Clare Balding Show with Canon C300's

The best case solution to this is to control the environment and set by shooting indoors. We had 4 Canon C300 film cameras and tons of LED lighting and Negative fill to create a controlled and defined interview with our guests but the interior of this clubhouse was drab and uninspiring. Out on the veranda however we had great space and a background onto hole 18, what more could we want.

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