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

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

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
Eye Glasses
UPC: 837101179942

Vortex Media ILDVD Specs

AuthorDoug Jensen
PublisherVortex Media
Publication Date2006
Video SystemNTSC
Runtime1 Hour
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.165 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.55 x 5.4 x 0.55"

Vortex Media ILDVD Reviews

Worthwhile Video

By Sylvia
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-01

This video is well worth the money. It details ideal lighting equipment and arrangements and best ways to shoot the interviews. Because of this DVD being older, the part about buying the lighting equipment for under $1,500 is now unrealistic. Of course we now have newer lighting options.

Strat with the basics.

By Stryker
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-10-04

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.

All you need to know

By A Watcher on the Wall
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-04-07

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.

Informative DVD

By S
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-25

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.

Bad DVD design, useful info, & junk.

By John
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-15

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.

Money Well Spent.

By AnchorMediaStudio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-10-10

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.

Great Expertise for Interview Shoots/Iffy on Technology

By PotreroCamera
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-05-31

Vortex Media clearly shows anyone how to set up a great lighting for an interview from framing to make up to lighting properly for a three point (plus) set up. Even though the technology has changed since the DVD's release date, the thinking behind how to properly set up a shot for a talking head interview has not. The DVD spends some time at the beginning with an ingredient list for a kit. This ingredient list relies on reflectors and tungsten lighting. Technically you can still set up a three point system as described in the DVD but nowadays there are many LED options that you might want replace with the prescribed set ups. Some of the lighting stands suggested in the DVD are either no longer made or use a different serial number. I think this is a valuable DVD to buy in conjunction with other videos on lighting with LEDs

Great video- highly recommended

By Dr. Joe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-11-25

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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