3 tips for filming 'Talking Heads' differently.

To be very clear, there's still a place for “talking heads” videos. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that the vast majority are boring. If you've seen one, you’ve seen them all. But It doesn't have to be like this. First, let's take a look at a bog standard talking head set-up.
 

BOG STANDARD SET-UP  

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  • Subject is either standing or seated

  • Shot in both close-up and medium close-up

  • Facing and talking to an off-camera Interviewee whose questions will be edited out

 

 

LET'S SWITCH THINGS UP...

 

SET-UP 1 | 'THE WALK AND TALK' 

Rather than sit or stand, ask the subject to move towards (or with) a moving camera.

What you’ll need: 

  • A clear route without photo-bombing idiots.

  • A subject willing to move their lips and their legs at the same time

What you’ll get:

  • Dynamism

  • A shifting background

  • A more engaging video



     

SET-UP 2 | 'BEHIND THE SCENES

Rather than striving to keep all elements of filmmaking out of the frame, here we include shots of the process itself – the crew, the lighting and the equipment.  We both see and hear the interviewer.

What you’ll need:

  • Two-camera Set-up 

What you’ll get:

  • An informal tone

  • A sense of immediacy and presence of the interview itself 

  • A broader range of shots and subject matter


     

SET-UP 3 | 'B-ROLL BONANZA'

“B-roll” is non-interview footage. It's typically edited in to provide context, break up the interview and keep things punchy.

Sometimes, the b-roll is more interesting than the interview.

What you’ll need:

  • A plan for lots of B-roll footage and room to explore - the subject at work, in situ

What you’ll get:

  • A focus on the words themselves

  • Context, reinforcing what’s being said

  • Colour and detail

Lewis Hamilton - Behind the Scenes

While we've been busy filming, Lewis has been busy winning races ... and dying his hair. Our paths crossed last month when we were asked to produce a behind the scenes video for Esquire middle east. The shoot took place in a central London studio where Lewis donned a variety of runway looks from the likes of Hugo Boss, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days for our behind the scenes video!