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10 Tips to Getting Great Corporate Video Interviews

videographer's video assist feedOver the years our seasoned directors, producers and videographers have directed hundreds of interviews with top corporate leadership in Miami and South Florida. But a recent  trend is for internal communications departments to take on a larger role in corporate video productions by producing their own video content.

These departments hire us for the videographer, camera crew, grip, lighting and/or makeup, but utilize internal staff to produce the interview. With that said, if you’ve been asked to step up into the director role and interview your company’s CFO or CEO on camera, here are some interview tips that can help you successfully navigate the experience.

1. Write questions ahead of time

Construct your questions ahead of time. It’s always a good idea to consider the interview flow when constructing your questions. Avoid close-ended questions that elicit yes or no answers. Instead, create questions that start with: who, what, when, where, why and how. These are open-ended questions that can create answers with more depth and a lengthier response.  Examples:

-Do you like ice cream? [close ended]

-What kind of ice cream do you like and why? [open ended]

2. Create a warm atmosphere

As the videographer, grip and lighting and soundman prepare for the interview, sit down with your guest and chit-chat for a few minutes. Let them know how you’re going to conduct the interview. Many corporate leaders are experienced in video interviews, but a surprising number of less camera savvy employees are not comfortable being interviewed and would appreciate some coaching. Remind them that their answers will be edited and that their “umms” and “aaahhhs” will be taken out. Also, do-overs are OK! With non-linear editing, a lot can be achieved in post. And finally, remind your guest to smile and enjoy the process.

3. Share tips on repeating your question in the answer

Make sure your guest knows to incorporate your question into their answer. Without the framework of your question an editor will have difficulty constructing a great edit without using a voiceover to state the context. Give your guest a simple example of what you are looking for such as,

Question: “What kind of Ice Cream do you like?”

Answer: “I like various kinds of Ice Cream. But my favorite is chocolate.”

Question: “Why do you like chocolate ice cream?”

Answer: “I like chocolate ice cream because it is creamy and sweet and so delicious.”

4. Position your guest’s eye-line

Position yourself near to or next to the videographer so that your interviewee looks at you and not directly at the camera. This slightly off camera look will create a visually elegant interview. An interview directed at camera can be appropriate but stylistically the end result will be different. Make sure you’ve made the eye-line decision prior to the shoot as it will affect the videographer’s set up. Also, at times an inexperienced interview guest will look at you, then at the camera, then off camera, then back at you. If this happens, pause the shoot and remind your guest to look at you at all times. They probably did not realize that they were looking sideways.

5. Allow the conversation to flow

Really listen to your guest’s responses and ask new questions that arise from their answers. You can get some real gems when you allow the interview to turn into a conversation that you lead. When the conversation has run its course and you are ready to move off in another direction, circle back to your original line of questioning.

6. Enlist your guest to make the interview even better

Toward the interview’s end, ask your guest if there’s anything you missed.   This tactic works particularly well with seasoned professionals. They know what points they wanted to express they will provide these extra answers if your questions didn’t cover them.

7. To elicit a soundbite don’t be afraid to repeat the question

Sound bites are great but achieving them can be challenging. Allow your guest to give their full answer and then coach them into repeating their answer again with fewer words. This works particularly well with seasoned leaders and may be appreciated by employees with less on camera experience.

8. Don’t give out specific questions in advance

You’re going for a personality filled interview and unless you want a stilted robotic interview that sounds rehearsed, don’t let your guest get a hold of the actual questions ahead of time. If they insist, give them the general line of questioning, for example: last quarter’s financial results or product plans for the next quarter.

9. Interviewer alert! Don’t make audible noises in reponse to the guest

The last thing you’ll want to hear in the completed video is an off camera, “hmmmm” and “oh yes” that came from you. Remember, depending on how your guest is mic’d up, the camera will pick up all sounds on the set. Keep up eye contact and engagement – wave your hands if you need to — but remember to keep quiet.

10. Work closely with the videographer

When you’re in the producer’s seat its challenging to keep the conversation on track and also monitor your guest’s performance. Elicit the videographer and makeup to tell you if the interviewee is slouching or if their hair is askew. Also, ask the soundman to let you know if the interviewee is speaking too fast and needs to slow down.

At the end of the day, good content creation builds your brand and communicates your company’s direction. These tips can help you immensely in achieving a great interview that your team will be grateful for.


Spotify & Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Concerts with Lost and Found Films

Ben Wu films the Spotify and Dunkin’ Donuts Miami concert summer 2015 featuring The Mowgli’s

This summer Spotify and Dunkin sponsored a series of pop-up live concerts across the US with emerging artists. Ben Wu, Director at Lost and Found Films, was hired to film the Miami pop-up concert featuring The Mowgli’s on South Beach for use on various media platforms. Moving Picture Rental supplied multiple C300 Camera packages with a variety of Canon EF lenses.

Camera Crew Miami
Lost and Found Films captures the crowd.

Moving Picture Crew provided an Audio Person, Sound Devices 744T 4 channel audio recorder and Sennheiser shotgun microphones as part of the audio package. We also provided a Grip with a 1×1 Lite Panel Astra bi-color LEDS powered via an on board Anton Bauer battery as well as an assortment of run and gun grip support. Ben Wu flattered us by calling 3 weeks later to crew another job. Thanks Ben Wu! Good luck on your up and coming documentary!

Lost and Found Films are documentary filmmakers who also shoot branded content. Their latest documentary, In Transit was an Official Selection at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Check out their work:

Permits for Filming in Miami

Producers are familiar with the permits required when shooting outside of the studio. Like most cities, Miami-Dade requires film permits for commercial film, video, or photo shoots to be conducted on public property such as roads, sidewalks, parks, beaches, and/or public buildings. Most Dade County permits cost $100 per 28 days of production, many Broward County permits are free of charge, and there is no permit fee for shooting inside of the City of Miami.  Most permits have a 24-hour minimum approval process.

Permits for Filming in Miami
South Florida Film permit applications can be found at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Office or Film, Music, and Entertainment Website or at the FilMiami website, a cooperative website servicing both the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment and the City of Miami Beach Office of Film & Event Production Management. If you are only filming within the Miami city limits, you may apply for a free permit at the Miami Film Office.

Miami-Dade County requires that all camera crews in Miami fax or email a certificate of insurance, for a one million dollar General Liability Insurance policy naming the Miami-Dade jurisdiction as an additional insurer.

Each city within Miami-Dade County requires an insurance certificate, with them as additional certificate holders. If you are planning on filming in any sub-city of Miami, please send insurance certificates directly to the city.

If you are considering filming in Miami Beach, there are additional addendum’s that must be completed and submitted prior to permit applications and fees may apply for utilizing county and city services such as police, fire, and parking.

Miami is home to many production services companies such as Moving Picture. Moving Picture offers film equipment rentals, Miami camera crews, grip truck rentals and production concierge services. To learn more about all of the services that Moving Picture can offer for your upcoming Miami production, call 305-522-1361.

Tips for Shooting a Video in Miami

South Florida offers a diverse backdrop for shooting a production; including: South Beach, Star Island, Key Biscayne, and other historic sites throughout the tri-county area. If you are a video producer looking to film in South Florida, here are some tips from our Miami camera crews, about location destinations.

Traveling. Miami is very spread out, unless you are staying on South Beach and shooting on South Beach, a car rental is necessary. Unlike metropolitans like New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago where you can use other forms of transit, a car is necessary for a Miami production.

Sea Bound. One of the beauties of South Florida is the ocean. Get your camera crew in Miami on a boat to shoot the ultimate, unique scene on the water. After all, you can shoot a city scene anywhere, get a real feel for Miami from the view of the sea.

Hit the Landmarks. Like most cities, Miami is known for its signature staples that are unique to the city. Some of these famous Miami landmarks are locations like South Beach in front of the Colony Hotel, the Hispanic flavor of Hialeah, and the beauty of Downtown Miami / Bayfront Park.

Filming a Movie in Miami
Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) came all the way from Italy to shoot a series of 14 commercials featuring the Miami sights and sun and starring July 2009 Playboy cover girl Bélan Rodriguez and Italian comedic actor Christian De Sica. Moving Picture was right there with them providing Video Assist and Location Sound Recording services.

If you are interested in shooting a video in Miami, our Miami Camera Crews can help. In addition to providing camera crew rentals, we offer production concierge services for finding film locations, booking production friendly hotels, grip truck rentals, and more. Contact Moving Picture Crew today at 305-522-1361 to learn more about our services.

Ten Movies You Never Knew Were Filmed in South Florida

Miami is known for its beautiful beaches and extravagant nightlife, but so many us of overlook how common the city of Miami is featured in movies.

Since Miami’s original appearance in Flying Down to Rio, starting Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in 1933, Miami has been a destination for producers worldwide.

From the signature staple of South Beach to the Miami Police Department, moviegoers can’t get enough of the 305.

Famous Movies Filmed in Miami, Florida
Miami Vice (2006) leading men Collin Ferrell and Jamie Foxx sit down on location at the Opa Locka Executive Airport with Director Michael Mann. Opa Locka Executive airport has long been a production friendly aviation facility and a favorite for South Florida production teams.

Most of us know the notorious movies filmed in Miami; such as: Ace Ventura, Iron Man 3, Something about Mary, Bad Boys, Caddyshack, Scarface, and Miami Vice (both the movie and TV Show). But there are plenty of movies that didn’t receive the kudos they deserved for filming in sunny South Florida.

Ten movies you probably never knew were filmed in South Florida are:

  1. Godfather II
  2. Marley and Me
  3. Any Given Sunday
  4. Blow
  5. 2 Fast 2 Furious
  6. Donnie Brasco
  7. The Birdcage
  8. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
  9. Out of Time
  10. Meet The Fockers

With the perfect amount of sunshine, filming in Florida ranks number three for top U.S. locations for camera crews. Miami has been, and will continue to be, one of the most popular locations in the entertainment industry for years to come.

Orsini Studios Uses Camera Crew Miami for Natural Gas Commercial

Camera Crew Miami provides Media Manager for

Orsini Studios production of Connecticut Natural Gas’s commercial, “You Know You Want It”.

Boston-based Orsini Studios recently came to South Florida for their production of “You Know You Want It,” a commercial for Connecticut Natural Gas. Originally a still photographer, Craig Orsini has recently grown into a director/producer/DP and partnered with fellow Bostonians, Element Productions.


With plans to shoot at New Art Studios in Miami, Orsini went to Moving Picture for lighting, grip, camera package, lens package, and HD monitors. To supplement their equipment rental, Camera Crew Miami provided a supporting crew that consisted of a camera assistant, gaffer, media manager / downloader, and production assistant.

While an experienced DSLR shooter, Orsini chose to shoot this spot with the more robust Sony PMW-F3. We coupled our Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 lens set with Orsini’s F3 package to create a film-quality package at a fraction of the price. With the help of his camera assistant, Orsini was able to change lenses quickly to capture exactly what he needed with each individual subject. Recording to Sony 32GB SxS cards, Orsini was also able to rely on our media manager to download and back up footage throughout the day.


Subjects were placed in front of a white backdrop for a clean, studio look. The gaffer worked with Orsini to accomplish the ideal lighting scenario. This was done through the construction of a “book light.” A book light makes use of bounced, diffused light. A lamp is directed onto a reflective surface and effectively bounced through a diffusion material onto the subject. The surface (usually white) is adjoined on one side to the diffusion creating an open “V” shape, like a partially open book standing on its end. In this case, the gaffer bounced a 12000W ARRI Fresnel off of a 12′ x 12′ Ultrabounce and then directed it through a 12′ x 12′ light grid cloth. First the Ultrabounce and 12000W Fresnel were set up to achieve the correct angle and then the light grid was brought in. The result was a very soft, directional light that wrapped around the talent. Additional support included ARRI T2 2000W Fresnels, ARRILITE 2000W Open Face fixtures, Matthews Grip Mombo Combo stands, and and an electrical distribution package.

Directed and Lensed by Craig Orsini, Gaffer Jim Pescrile.