[Tutorial] Mastering Tripod Interview Movement

In this tutorial, we share the different ways you can move your camera during an interview and how that impacts your audience. 

For most filmmakers, an interview is a rather locked off shot. However, moving your camera, and how you move it, can bring an interview to life and add an entirely new dimension to the emotion.

To recap, we always need to remember that how we move the camera is how we'll move the viewer. A locked off static shot feels far more safe and produced, whereas moving the camera wildly and sharply can leave the viewer feeling disoriented.

If you're considering adding movement to your interview, make sure you have a fluid head that can handle the weight of your camera and that you've taken the time to properly balance it. This is absolutely critical to ensuring you can move the camera the way you want for long periods of time.

As you start to move the camera, think about the amount of movement and the shape of the movement.

Harder edges with slightly more movement — movements that more resemble letters like Z or W — will help convey more of a harsh tone. This can be really helpful in times of struggle or conflict in your story.

On the other hand, moving the camera in a softer and more rounded shape, such as an S, is great to add a more natural human element while keeping things feeling warmer and safer. This is very fitting for the journey and the resolution within your story.

And in case you're wondering how the short piece for FiftyLicks turned out, we thought we'd share that with you here as well.


Have you tried moving the camera for one of your interviews? If so, how did it work for you and what did you notice about the resulting film?