Welcome to another San Diego video production company blog from BizVid Communications. Today, we are on the campus of California State University at San Marcos to capture interviews and b-roll for two videos the school has asked us to produce.
I think you know what an interview is, but B-roll is the term given to general footage that is captured and put over dialogue to help keep the production interesting…like the footage you are looking at now. The type of on location work we are doing today is known as electronic field production or EFP. Typically an EFP unit consists of a producer/director who will be responsible to select the location of each shot and work with the person to be interviewed.
Next we have the camera person also known as the Director of Photography. This person will take direction but will frame the shot based upon his sense of composition and will likely recommend the best location for the desired effect. There are a variety of cameras available but today we are shooting with a Panasonic HPX500 with P2 card capture.
Then there is the audio engineer who’s responsibility it is to capture the dialogue and insure that the surrounding area is not too noisy for that purpose. He comes equipped with a sound mixer, assorted microphones and, today, a fish pole that allows the microphone to be placed over the head of the subject. This is helpful and eliminates the task of putting a lavaliere microphone on each person interviewed.
And finally, last but not least is The Grip. He is responsible for lifting and setting of equipment, slating scenes, and making sure everything is packed away and accounted for. The grip is an invaluable part of the team. Also joining us today is the client representative. She put together today’s schedule, got permission for our shooting at the different locations and arranged for the various interviews.
So there you have it, our EFP project for today outdoors on a beautiful and sunny San Diego day. Thanks for joining me.