After watching other groups’ doco, they really impressed me. Also, I realized a really important element in the shooting, the background.
Since most of the docos are interviews, where people standing in front of the camera, talking, i think the background is visually very important. And not only background, but the framing as well. I wanna talk about the visual construction of the doco, in our projects and others.
In our project, honestly i think the background is very bad, the framing is not well considered and the lighting is not god enough. Why I think it’s bad? Firstly when we came to editing, visually it looks really flat. I think it’s because the lighting is so even, there is no back lighting and looks very yellowish. Maybe it’s the screen problem, the picture quality looks very bad and lack of definitions… Some framings are strange, the talking room was too much, and the frame is not tied enough and there is no point to spot the subject. While in other part our interviewee was sitting in front of his bar, and the sun shine was on his left eye, which looks very dramatic and strange. Behind him was the glasses and mirror, which is very distracting and not clear. In my opinion, I think the background should be better considered cause our footages are almost about him talking to the camera. Maybe we could get him sitting closer to the book shelf, then take a middle close up, get rid of other things, hv a clearer background, also, make him sit up straight. Actually for the bar scene, it would be better if he leaning on the kitchen or the desk of the bar, rather than him sitting in the bar looks like a bar tender. And the one shooting outdoor is not quite necessary, since we couldn’t control the lighting and the atmosphere soundscape, I think it’s better to pick a indoor location.
I also found the other ways to make the picture look better. In one of the groups in our tute, I really like their background for interviews, the pure colour is clear, sharp and focus more on the subject. The lighting is good as well, the interviwees didnt merge with the background and given a bit 3D. The framing is good, the shifting of middle close up, close ups and wide shots were natural and fresh. When I was doing camera work for the other group, which is mainly focus on the interviewee talking, I chose a stable style. Our interviewee was sitting at a table in the restaurant with a clear background, the mainly light is the light of the restaurant, and I added a table lamp as the fill. When I tried to do the white balance, it became very bluish, therefore I left it as it is. The framing is middle-close up, while he was talking, I zoom in to his hands or the paper on the table slowly, trying to make it steady. While we came to the editing, the picture looks good, becuase there isn’t much distractions at the back and the interviewee was in focus.
I believe that, for a mature production, every detail should be in the concerned and need to be given meanings. Once you decided the style and what you want to focus on in you interview, then you should consider how to make your topic or your idea stands out.