Lighting and setup for a Two Person Interview

In this post I’ll show how we set up the lighting and cameras for a basic two person interview. During the briefing stage with the client (engineering company Aurecon) this interview with Obama was the look we discussed:

interview set up

And here’s the final video.  In the end the client wanted the background brighter:

The challenge was having a wide third camera (camera 3 in the plan below) that takes in the whole scene, but Interview setupwhich doesn’t film any of the gear.   This is the view I’m talking about (right).  In fact, there was an obvious reflection from one of the soft box lights in the greyed glass window behind the subjects which we were able to remove in After Effects.

The camera/ lights set-up in plan view.

Interview setup

The actual room, lights on

The room
It was fiddly getting everything positioned right. main ‘key’ light.  Positioning the soft box lights, cameras and subjects so they all worked together.  As well as lighting the person oposite, each soft box provides a nice back-light to the person nearest. Then we used LED panel lights, dialed low, to fill in the the shadows on the far side. All house lights were turned off. The two subjects had to be sitting oposite each other to get the ‘over the shoulder’ look in the Obama interview. In the end we didn’t do that so there was space for graphics to each side of each subject as you see in the video.

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