The global pandemic has caused us all to re-think how to film interviews and presentations from home without a professional crew. Let’s face it, the majority of self-filmed Zoom-style interviews look pretty ropey, so here’s a few thoughts from someone who’s been filming broadcast standard interviews for the last 27 years.

A well-lit ‘bright looking’ interview set up for Zoom is now as important as wearing the right clothes to work as it conveys the right message – film yourself in the dark, with the camera to low and looking up at your double chins and its the same as wearing the wrong clothes in the office – it gives off the impression you don’t care!

I would certainly consider buying a web cam and putting your computer on a stand so it’s higher for eg so its at eye level for start. Also investing in a small light, like a ring light is a very good idea!

I have a feeling remote filming will become the norm post pandemic – the technology is there to control cameras remotely from any location with an internet connection, so now is the time to think about how to film yourself in the best possible set up, using what you’ve got, with a little bit of advice from the pro’s.

I’ve been looking at what equipment’s available from a professional view point and there are surprisingly few optionsbut here are a few we’ve picked out:

Option 1: ‘Studio in a box’ (images below)

A completely remote option – includes a broadcast quality ‘PTZ’ camera in a box which is sent to the interviewee. By simply plugging in the camera to an ethernet port (on a router) a ‘professional’ is able to control it from the offices and connect them up to the interviewer, who can see and hear the interviewer on the screen:

Option 2: Camera crew connects to remote interviewee

Cameraman sets up professional lighting and camera kit and connects to interviewer remotely, whilst the interviewee (like Sir Richard Attenburgh in the image below) talks to the interviewer on a lap op screen, in another location. See the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRxCnUH7QvM

Option 3 – Webcam

A slightly cheaper option to the above using a webcam connected to lap top and a small Led light for a slightly better set up interview please contact us at production@jwp.tv for more details

Option 4:

‘Studio in the garage’ a la The Late Late show:

One of the set ups I really liked over the lockdown (and we watched a lot) in particular the James Corden Late Late show filmed from his garage offices. This set up involves 3/4 cameras – all of which show a different angle. But what sets it apart is the set design – very achievable feat with the use of some show memorobilia and neon lights to add a bit of colour to he back ground.