part 13: angles and more
The Five Horizontal Camera Angles
There are 5 key horizontal angles that you can use for your project; you can see them in the graphic on the right. These terms will be helpful when you are creating your shot list to your story board. You can add notes of how you want to shoot each scene. You can write next to a frame on your storyboard: (Frontal MS and Profile CU). That would mean 2 different camera angles: 1 that is shooting head on at a mid shot, and a 2nd that is shooting a profile of your subject for a close-up.
The Multi-Angle Interview, for example...
The easiest way to do this for your welcome video is to have two or three smartphones recording the same interview.
Medium Shot, Frontal
Medium Close-Up Shot, Profile
Close-Up, Frontal of subject's hands
Recording footage of the subject's hands or gestures allows for interesting footage to be used when you edit your multi-camera interview into one final product.
To get an idea of a multi angle interview, let's check out this interview with basketball player Kevin Love. Notice how there are 3 dominant camera angles, which match up with those above.
Ideally, you will have multiple cell phones to capture all your desired shots at the same time. If not, you will shoot the interview multiple times, each from a different angle. You can then edit it to create the feel, look, and story you desire.