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

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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  • 1Description

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
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Vortex Media ILDVD specs

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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6"

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DVD Video: How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative DVD 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.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good information, well done 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.
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bad DVD design, useful info, & junk. 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.
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Expertise for Interview Shoots/Iffy on Technology 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
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2011-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Intro Course on Lighting 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.
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth the Money 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.
Date published: 2010-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't hesitate just buy it! This product has great information for shooting and lighting interviews. I highly recommend this DVD. If you're new to shooting and lighting interviews, this DVD is great! This DVD also gives you a list of what equipment to buy. The only con is they don't tell you how to light multiple people at once.
Date published: 2010-01-21
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