Spicing up multiple interviews

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I am currently filming B-Roll footage for a short film in Leeds, and I am interviewing the actors (I am also directing the interviews)

Now, unfortunatly we only have one location to interview the actors and I don't want it to seem as if it is the same location (or to an extent, I want to tone it down) and I was interested to know if there are any reccomended methods.

Would it be possible to use colour filters over the lighting - this would shake up the image.

I was also thinking about hiring a photography backboard - does anybody know where I can hire one.

thanks, niin

Joined: May 17 1999

blu/green screen behind them - either a bit of cloth or a proper lastolite ansd chroma any stuff over the back - moody lighting/promo stuff for the film / live action?

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Nintembo wrote:
I was also thinking about hiring a photography backboard - does anybody know where I can hire one.

For about £60 you can buy one sans support... But the ones I found on ebay were either cheezy mottled brown/blue (kinda like school portraits) or much much worse. But...

A good friend of mine who does doccos has got great milage over a simple Black Drape kit - cost, including stands, was about £130 or thereabouts. Got it here:
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Studio-Paraphernalia (do a search for backdrop, look at the last few entries)

Doing a chromakey job requires tricky lighting, monster renders, and in my book the end result is usually to bring contributors from disparate locations into one controllable environment rather than perhaps what you set out to achieve, but if you can shoulder the burden of post production, it would certainly raise the production value - done well, of course. Just need to alternate interviewees, or set up a rhythm of 'one set looks this way, other set looks that way', or go for a graphic background and help viewers understand who they're hearing through the design.

OTOH, shooting outside can give wildly varying results...

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One other trick is to use the 'OVER THE SHOuLDER" Technique to add inserts into the image, Sharyn

Joined: Aug 14 2000

The important thing to remember is that the audience only sees what you show them, and so it isn't that hard to make one location look like many.

E.g. suppose you have a room with a window, if you frame the shot so only part of the window and the wall is visible with the interviewee in the foreground then it can be made to be both an office, but also a house by the addition of some curtains. If you keep a shallow depth of field (long lens, open iris) so that the background is out of focus the effect will be even more compelling. Just take a load of props with you to dress the room differently, but don't over do it or it'll look fake.