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How to shoot an interview

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Shooting in sequenceSequence

A sequence is a group of three shots, a wide shot, a medium shot and a close up, in that order. Any time you're shooting something other than an interview, you should be shooting in a sequence.

Shooting in a sequence is used to establish setting, environment, among many other uses, but mainly it's used for what's called "B-roll."

B-roll is the term used for any images that appear with voiceover whenever the interviewer, host or narrator does not appear onscreen. It could also be used over images of an interviewee to break up "talking heads."

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