Talking Head Video Tricks
Hello blog friends, Caz here. We want to spend a little time talking about some behind the scenes when we do video productions on yours and other clients’ behalf.
Sometimes we do videos which we call the “talking head” where we have basically the head and shoulders. But if you were to look behind the scenes, you would realize there is a lot that goes into this simple approach. We have lights in various other directions.
We have spotlights covering the face and fill lights covering the side to diminish shadows. We have lights that augment the plants and background props. We also have monitors to help the director and clients see the action in a broadcast setting.
On this particular shoot, we have employed a three person crew: a cameraman/director, a grip to help move lights and equipment, and the client liaison or producer.
Doing a talking head video is more than just having a person sit down and talk to the camera. BizVid has other techniques and considerations which come together to make a video production look good.
Another thing that BizVid does is catalogue the video information. One of the tools we often use is called a slate. This is placed in front of the camera before we begin taping the scene. As you can see, it carries all the pertinent information that an editor will need to edit that particular scene into the complete video.
We also help the editor, because when a speaker makes a mistake, the cameraman can zoom closer or further back so that when the mistake is corrected, the camera will be zoomed or pulled back to a different focal point to stay away from what we call jump cuts. The end result is that the viewer thinks it was a continuous stream of eloquence, but the editor and cameraman knows that it took a lot more work behind the scenes to make the person in front of the camera be the best they can be on a client’s behalf.
This has been another quick blog from BizVid Communications. Thanks for joining us.