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Interviews are the lifeblood of the documentary and for as many interview subjects, there are just as many ways to shoot them.  The number of cameras you use, the angles you select, and your choice of whether to shoot the interviewer or not will have a drastic impact on the technical and narrative power of the footage.
In this module, you will learn how to shoot interviews alone with one camera, one camera with an operator, a cross-shooting two-camera technique, how to work with different frame sizes, work with monitors, techniques for shooting on the run, and how and when to use auto settings.
Capture the interview and bring your audience into your subject’s story with proper camera coverage in the field.


  • 25:05 video that walks you through the various camera configuration for shooting interviews
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • Learn how to shoot interviews with the following configurations:
    • Single camera with a camera operator
    • Single camera with the interviewer operating (one-man-band)
    • Two cameras shooting on axis
    • Two cameras cross shooting (subject and interviewer)
    • Shooting handheld verité interviews
    • Working with monitors
    • Framing guidelines
    • Where and when to use auto settings
"Very straightforward and easy to follow. I also really appreciate the combination of technical and aesthetics, which is how I base my class. I would find this to be a very good reference to provide to students."
   - William Donaruma,
      University of Notre Dame