Our first move was to look at a bunch of artist profiles and interviews on youtube to get a little taste of what we wanted to do. We already had a view of cut-away shots as well as focussed shots of Steve for our interview. We also knew he had a studio at his house, so organizing a time to go and film the interview with Steve, at his studio, was an element we were really keen to sort out right away. To get an idea of how other artist profiles and interviews were laid out, we referred to videos such as these that we found on youtube..
Artist profile: Craig Waddell:
Artist profile: Robbie Conal:
Artist profile: Robin Smith:
Artist profile: Armsrock:
We found that a lot of our plans for the interview/artist profile, were things that other artist profile videos had in them.
- We saw that a common factor in most of the videos were artists actually making art, or demonstrating what they do in their practice.
- There were cut-away shots between the artist and their studio/work/environment/setting.
- They often had musical backing tracks playing in the background creating a certain mood, or emphasizing the artists style or vibe of their work and what they were talking about.
- We also saw that most of the artist profile videos were quite long, as opposed to our short 1minute time frame we were given.
- The videos (particularly the cut away shots) seemed to have a hand-held camera look and there was a lot of shallow depth of field shots focusing on different aspects of the shot, or certain details in a studio/of the artist working etc.
- We noted that the artists weren’t looking directly at the camera, and the camera angles were often slightly to the side of the artist, showing some sort of depth in the background behind them.
- The artist were also usually position to one side of the frame of each shot unless a close-up was used.
- In pretty much every profile, the artists seemed to be in their own workplace rather than a studio, or plain room
- The interviewer was never in the shot, nor were their voices as they asked questions about the artist.
- The artists were ALWAYS introduced and credited with captions at the start of the video.
This gave us an awesome and helpful platform to start our planning from. We made plans with Steve to meet at his house/studio on a day that suited all of us, and immediately got to planning our questions for Steve to answer when we got there.
Because we didn’t have a very long time for our video we knew that we needed to make sure our questions would prompt some deep and meaningful responses from Steve that we could use to promote him and his practice. We were also aware of the fact that we would need some not-so-serious questions ready to warm everyone up and get the conversation flowing.
Question List: We began with our most trivial questions, moving onto the deeper, or more elaborate questions towards the end.
- Equipment: Sound recorder, shotgun mic, boom pole, headphones, shoulder rig, tripod, 7D camera. (Unfortunately on the day we had quite a few technical difficulties- Our shotgun mic wasn’t working and neither was our camera, fortunately for us, Steve let us use his personal 7D camera).
- Camera shots/movement: This was probably the part of our interview that required minimal planning as we knew we would just have a locked off camera on Steve throughout the entire interview in a well lit place (near the window-plenty of ambient light). We discussed a few cut-away shots before we went in, but pretty much improvised with a bunch of different shots (both hand-held and on tripod) to use later on in post.
- Planning on site: Because we didn’t get to see the studio before the interview day, we had to do a quick little planning session when we got there on where we would conduct the video etc which wasn’t too hard.
- Working with Steve: We asked Steve a lot about his studio, and he gave us some great advice on where the best lighting was in his house for previous shoots he had had there. Steve was also amazing, and let us conduct him as to where to sit etc for particular shots. He also agreed to do a quick print for us so we could film him in action.