Our head of film Amy Hill provides some useful advice to help ensure everything is as smooth as possible.

We want your time filming with us to go as smoothly as possible. Here are some of the things you’ll need to consider:

How much time is needed to make a film?

Our customers are sometimes unsure how much time is needed so we’ve broken it down for you to make it easier for you to plan:

Interview set ups:  they take about 30 to 45 minutes to set up before we start filming and, if possible, we ask for photos of room options to give us a heads up on how we light the interview. 

Interviewing: This is entirely dependent on the confidence of the interviewee but our average interview usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Packing down: What goes up must come down and it takes around 15 minutes to put everything away.

Covering footage: These are the clips that sit on top of interviews, often scenes that are seen as someone is talking. We usually like to spend about 30-60 minutes with contributors after their interview capturing relevant footage. However, this is a complicated process to allocate time and would need to be discussed per project. 

As well as these considerations, there are things for you to factor in such as time needed in case things don’t go completely to plan, travel time needed between locations as well as breaks/lunch for our crew. 

How do I prepare for an interview?

The other important thing you need to prepare for are the interviews themselves. Here are some top tips:

Don’t over plan your answers: usually a list of mental bullet points can help but memorising a full scripted answer is a hindrance and takes away any authenticity. 

Remember to put the question back into the answer: Most of the time the film will not feature the interviewer’s voice, therefore contributors will need to provide context to their answers. For example, what’s your favourite colour? My favourite colour is blue. This answer provides context when editing.

Interviews are not live: Remind contributors that mistakes / retakes are fine!

Don’t waffle: Short and sweet answers are usually the best, there’s no pressure to waffle.

You can read more advice blogs here. And why not read more frequently asked questions about film on our service page.

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