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Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews by Doug Jensen

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How to Shoot Great Looking Interviews - Great interview lighting is essential to any production. Regardless of your budget or what kind of camera you have, there's just no excuse for not shooting the kind of excellent looking interviews that you see on the best network news-magazine programs.

But, as you'll see, good interview lighting doesn't require expensive equipment. You can shoot network quality interviews with a light kit that costs less than $1500 to put together -- if you know what to buy and how to use it.

How to Setup, Light, & Shoot Great Looking Interviews is a hands-on, practical guide for television and video cameramen of all abilities. It will teach you all the fundamentals and advanced techniques you need to know for lighting great looking interviews with nothing more than a basic light kit.

About the Author: "How to Setup, Light, & Shoot Great Looking Interviews" was created by Doug Jensen, a freelance cameraman and director of photography who has been lighting and shooting documentary and film-style ENG/EFP productions for hundreds of clients since 1982. He owns several cameras, including an Ikegami HL59 Betacam, Ikegami DV7 DVCAM, Sony Z1U HDV camcorder, and a Sony F350 XDCAM HD.

His credits and clients include: NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, PBS, BBC, NHK, EBU, Golf Channel, TNT, Court TV, Discovery Channel, ESPN, E! Entertainment, A&E, HGTV, TV Land, TLC, Sci-Fi, WGBH, Food Network, NASCAR Images, MLB Productions, HBO, Travel Channel, History Channel, Sundance Channel, Warner Bros., WTTW, Weather Channel, NBA Entertainment, and many more

Chapters

The Light Kit
Choosing the location
Choosing the Best Angle
Back Light
Key Light
Fill Light
Background Light
Exposure & Depth-of-Field
White Balance
Soft Filters
Focal Length
Composition
Windows
Practicals
Eye Glasses
Kickers
Makeup
Subject Advanced Videography
Author Doug Jensen
Edition NTSC/ English
Hard/Soft Cover DVD Video
Pages 60 minutes
Dimensions DVD
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not specified
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published 2006

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4.6

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    • Studio (6)
    • Portraits (5)
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      • Professional (8), Semi-professional (7), Getting started (5), Enthusiast (3)
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    Excellent Instructional Video

    DVD does a beautiful job of clearly addressing proper technique with excellent demonstrations that illustrate how simple and how great an interview can be shot. Self-education through written material has been a bit frustrating...Read complete review

    DVD does a beautiful job of clearly addressing proper technique with excellent demonstrations that illustrate how simple and how great an interview can be shot. Self-education through written material has been a bit frustrating because of non-essential information bog and my inability to conceptualize right versus wrong methods and their outcomes. This video addressed both of these frustrations – it covered exactly what I needed to know and clearly illustrated the outcome differences in technique. It includes great information on compostion, when to use wide and tight shots, necessary equipment, using practicals, kicker lights, how to eliminate eye glass reflection, and more. I had previously purchased a 3-point lighting instructional video that was poorly done - it resulted in my adopting poor technique and producing inferior product. Seeing how to do it right and how simple it is to do it right is a real inspiration. To me this video is worth much much more than selling price. Thank you Doug Jensen!

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    Disappointed

    There were a lot of helpful things in this video but it felt a little outdated (granted the technology is moving very fast, but I didn't like seeing footage shot on what looked like...Read complete review

    There were a lot of helpful things in this video but it felt a little outdated (granted the technology is moving very fast, but I didn't like seeing footage shot on what looked like analog beta-cam, but this was only a few instances). Vortex Media presents all the tools and tips you need to shoot ONE type of interview. A very nice looking, well lit interview, but just one scenario. Towards the end they round things out with a few tips about filters and such, which were helpful. I guess I was disappointed because Vortex Media has produced amazing videos, since this one, that run about three hours each, and are very thorough. This video on shooting interviews is only one hour long. It felt very rushed. I was expecting a fuller education on lighting --- perhaps advice on different types of lighting, using gels to balance different lights, advantages of tungsten vs. florescent, etc, etc. Overall the video does what the title says (only it should be singular-INTERVIEW) but could use some updating and should be much longer.

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    5.0

    Great video- highly recommended

    By Healer Joe

    from Boulder, CO

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          Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

          I am setting up my studio for interviews and for on-camera information to my patients. This is a great video for both the novice (and beyond) who wants to have very professional looking interviews. i am ordering my lighting, etc. according to recommendiations found on this video.

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          5.0

          Strat with the basics.

          By Stryker

          from Zebulon, NC

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          Pros

          • On Topic And To The Point
          • On Topicno Filler

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Quick Brush Up

            Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

            I like to learn the " Old School " way of doing things, then tinker with the new stuff. That way I always have a fall back. This DVD has some good info and keeps you watching. I also have all my helpers watch it so they get a quick lesson.

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            5.0

            All you need to know

            By A Watcher on the Wall

            from Plano, TX

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Exceptionally Valuable
            • Inclusive Information
            • Presented For Retention

            Cons

            • Don't have any

            Best Uses

            • Studio

            Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

            I needed to learn how to record 'interview' style teaching messages. This answered my needs for education in this area completely. It provides examples, tips and a professional's teaching to provide the camera a visually interesting recording.

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            4.0

            Informative DVD

            By S

            from Long Beach, CA

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            Pros

            • Informative

            Cons

            • Not Extensive

            Best Uses

            • Professional Video

            Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

            The DVD is very informative for what it is. It's about an hour long, and covers just about all aspects of lighting an interview using one type of lighting setup (3 or 4 point lighting with tungsten lights). Some of the other reviewers said the DVD is outdated but I don't think it is. I experimented with fluorescent lighting, and it made me realize that tungsten lighting is still the tried and true way of lighting for the most speed and least amount of problems, as compared to fluorescent or led, at least on a reasonable budget. I only reduce my rating by one star because I wish it covered some other lighting setups as well.

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            3.0

            Bad DVD design, useful info, & junk.

            By batastica

            from hollywood, fl

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                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                  The dvd design is atrocious. Next chapter button doesn't skip ahead, as a professional production, this design kills a star completely.

                  Lots of, useful information if you're new to lighting interviews, hidden cost (like every aspect of video production), assumptions about the quality of the users camera, and coverage of things that didn't seem truly necessary in a post production heavy world. The advanced stuff was all golden though.

                  Buy if you're new and can deal with the forced style of watching and don't mind a little shilling.

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                  5.0

                  Money Well Spent.

                  By AnchorMediaStudio

                  from St. Louis, Mo

                  About Me Professional

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                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

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                      Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                      I bought this DVD a handful of years ago and can't recommend it enough. If you're just getting started or even if you've been shooting a long time this dvd is a great asset. It recommended different gear which I bought and it gets me through 95% of my shoots. So many people dump a ton of money into cameras and never take the time to really learn how to light for a shot. Do your self a favor and pick this up, you'll shoot better looking interviews and close more deals because of it.

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                      5.0

                      Great DVD

                      By Gillmantech

                      from Traverse City, MI

                      About Me Semi-Professional

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                            Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                            I didnt really need this DVD for myself as it was mostly a review of things I already knew, however I like having it as a teaching tool to teach employees and others some of the basic skills needed for lighting, and as a good review.

                            Doug Jensen as always in his DVDs is very informative and knowledgeable about the topic. He breaks it down into a lot of easily understandable categories and makes the DVD entertaining as well as informative.

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                            4.0

                            A Great Intro Course on Lighting

                            By Lighting Amateur

                            from Durham, NC

                            About Me Semi-Professional

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                            Pros

                            • Covers building a kit
                            • Great Entry-Level Guide

                            Cons

                            • A little dated

                            Best Uses

                            • Great intro to lighting

                            Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                            This is a great intro course to setting up and lighting video interviews.The scope of the video is limited to setting up a "news magazine" style interview, so it's not a comprehensive course of video lighting. But in one hour, the video will get you ready to set up and light a subject in a variety of setups. Doug Jensen's pitch is that he will show you in detail the pieces you need to assemble your own light kit for less than [$] The video is showing it's age a little because assembling the same kit today costs around [$] The bulk of the video covers choosing a room and then setting it up with a three light setup (key light, back light, fill and background light). Some special situations and techniques are covered in brief sections at the end.

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                            5.0

                            Great Learning Tool

                            By Creig

                            from Orlando, FL

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                            Pros

                            • Detailed straightforward
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent visuals
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

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                              • Guide for video shoots

                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                              I needed to get a fundamental understanding of how to setup and light for a video shoot in a professional manner. I wanted a deeper understanding of what I should do to enhance my interview shoots for the best possible outcome. The DVD Video: How to Setup, Light, and shot Great Looking Interviews by Doug Jensen fulfilled my needs excellently. I like am very pleased with the quality and down to earth style of Doug, and recommend this DVD tool for anyone seeking to improve their techniques for making great video interviews in a high quality video visuals, as well as, teaching. The only downside to the DVD is that I have a Mac OS X Lion operating system. I have to load the DVD several times before it actually runs the video. The viewing is problematic on my Mac, at best. It does just fine on my DVD player.

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                              3.0

                              Disappointed

                              By ALQ

                              from Massachusetts

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                                    Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                    There were a lot of helpful things in this video but it felt a little outdated (granted the technology is moving very fast, but I didn't like seeing footage shot on what looked like analog beta-cam, but this was only a few instances). Vortex Media presents all the tools and tips you need to shoot ONE type of interview. A very nice looking, well lit interview, but just one scenario. Towards the end they round things out with a few tips about filters and such, which were helpful. I guess I was disappointed because Vortex Media has produced amazing videos, since this one, that run about three hours each, and are very thorough. This video on shooting interviews is only one hour long. It felt very rushed. I was expecting a fuller education on lighting --- perhaps advice on different types of lighting, using gels to balance different lights, advantages of tungsten vs. florescent, etc, etc. Overall the video does what the title says (only it should be singular-INTERVIEW) but could use some updating and should be much longer.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent!

                                    By Videoguy

                                    from St. Paul, MN

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                                          Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                          The video contains good advice on how to configure an interview light kit plus examples of how to use it. The video is well worth the money and will probably save you time and money as it did for me. I highly recommend it.

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                                          5.0

                                          Best How-To Video

                                          By Lindy

                                          from Redondo Beach, Ca.

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                                          Pros

                                          • All experience levels
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Intelligent presentation

                                          Cons

                                          • Equipment needs update

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Interview video

                                          Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                          This is one of the very "how-to" on video equipment and technique. If you are shooting interviews, this instructional video provides both thoughtful and practical insights.

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                                          4.0

                                          3 Point Lighting

                                          By Ken

                                          from Texas

                                          About Me Semi-Professional

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                                              • Portraits
                                              • Studio
                                              • Traveling

                                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                              Learn how to setup a three point lighting, also how to setup your talent in confined spaces.

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                                              5.0

                                              Good information, well done

                                              By cfeather

                                              from Ohio

                                              About Me Semi-Professional

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                                              Pros

                                              • Informative

                                              Cons

                                              • Limited to hot lights

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Aspiring pro

                                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                              I wish all instructional videos were this good. He knows his stuff and really provides a great deal of information in one hour. I just wish he would talk about building a kit with cool light options, LED or fluorescent. I am starting from scratch and don't want to go the hot light route. It also would have been nice if he covered audio and interviewing techniques. Then this would really be a complete package. Still, for the price, it's a good value and will save you from making a lot mistakes. In fact, the best thing about this video are the clips of interviews that you don't want your work to look like.

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                                              5.0

                                              Excellent How-To Video

                                              By Krabby K

                                              from Woodstock, NY

                                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to follow

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Home
                                                • Indoor photography
                                                • Macro Photography
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Studio

                                                Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                                Excellent video. You get to see everything as he explains it. He gives detail on how to choose the lighting for the job, positioning, background, cookies, etc. I learned more from this video than from many class lectures I've sat through. I also plan on using his warming cards for color cast corrections.

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent Instructional Video

                                                By Jake

                                                from Coopersburg, PA

                                                About Me Professional

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                                                Pros

                                                • Comprehesive
                                                • Concise
                                                • Excellent Demonstrations
                                                • Professional
                                                • Simple to apply
                                                • Simple to understand

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Professional Interviews

                                                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                                  DVD does a beautiful job of clearly addressing proper technique with excellent demonstrations that illustrate how simple and how great an interview can be shot. Self-education through written material has been a bit frustrating because of non-essential information bog and my inability to conceptualize right versus wrong methods and their outcomes. This video addressed both of these frustrations – it covered exactly what I needed to know and clearly illustrated the outcome differences in technique. It includes great information on compostion, when to use wide and tight shots, necessary equipment, using practicals, kicker lights, how to eliminate eye glass reflection, and more. I had previously purchased a 3-point lighting instructional video that was poorly done - it resulted in my adopting poor technique and producing inferior product. Seeing how to do it right and how simple it is to do it right is a real inspiration. To me this video is worth much much more than selling price. Thank you Doug Jensen!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Well Worth the Money

                                                  By Dan the Novice

                                                  from Louisville, KY

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Helpful information
                                                  • Helpful tips
                                                  • No wasted time

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                                                      Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                                      This is great training for a newcomer learning three-point lighting and other details of lighting an interview. I learned more in this 60 minute DVD than I have in many hours of searching YouTube for demo videos. Lots of details. Lots of helpful hints. I expect that even those with some experience will learn from this DVD. Certainly, for a newcomer, I can't imagine it being done any better than this DVD.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great Instructional Video

                                                      By Bill Wilkin - Silly Billy Media

                                                      from Hurricane UT

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                                                            Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                                            I have shot several "show up, throw it up and shoot" news style interviews in my career. I knew of a longer format documentary style project coming up and wanted that job BAD! So, I picked up this video hoping for a few pointer. What I got was outstanding easy to flow instructions for a expensive lighting package. I impressed the producer and nailed the job!!!! Thank Doug Jensen!

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                                                            4.0

                                                            Great DVD!

                                                            By AY

                                                            from NY

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                                                            Pros

                                                            • Easy to understand
                                                            • To the point

                                                            Cons

                                                            • None

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                                                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                                              This DVD is great to watch if you are a beginner in lighting. It gives lots of useful tips and simple techniques that can help improve your lighting skills.

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                                                              4.0

                                                              Very helpful product

                                                              By Jerome

                                                              from Washington, DC

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                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy To Use

                                                              Cons

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                                                                • Everyday use
                                                                • Portraits
                                                                • Studio
                                                                • Traveling

                                                                Comments about Vortex Media DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews:

                                                                This is a very helpful, clear, concise, easy-to-follow guide that really will dramatically improve your ability to light talking heads. The author covers all the basics plus some advanced topics, too. I've been shooting interviews for several years now but wanted to see how others are doing it (there really are limitless ways to light talking heads.) I definitely learned some cool tricks and tips from the author.

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