Preparing To Be On Camera
You’ve been asked to do an interview on camera…you’re nervous and feel unsure about what to expect. We understand, some of our team even find it a bit odd being on camera!
As we’ve spent the last ten years working with real people, doing real-life interviews, we’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. Take a read through our top tips below to prepare for your big moment, who knows it could even lead to more than fifteen minutes of fame!
1. Take a deep breath
Take a deep breath, it’s normal to be nervous. The team are there to put you at ease and to make sure you have a great output. Try to think of it as a chat, that will help calm your nerves!
2. Physical Appearance
- Reducing hair ‘frizziness’ helps with post-production, but being comfortable in your appearance always comes first.
- Remove large or dangling pieces of jewellery as they can jingle and create unwanted sound. This is also important as some of our microphones are placed just under shoulder height, so anything under this area will be picked up.
- Contact lenses are useful if you normally need glasses. Glasses can cause unwanted light reflection on camera.
- The same goes for makeup! If you wear it, bring some extra powder with you as it might help with additional shine.
3. What To Wear
We’ve worked out certain things that work well when it comes to clothing and accessories on camera and certain things that don’t.
- Wearing solid colour shirts or blazers are ideal! Sometimes tight patterns cause distortion on camera and give off a ‘vibrating’ appearance on screen. Therefore, try not to wear tight patterns on things like shirts and ties. Bright red and white block colours should also be avoided, but you can wear a white shirt underneath a blazer/jacket.
- Wearing something with a collar or blazer also helps so then we have something to clip the lavalier microphone to.
- Avoid wearing green clothing or accessories where possible when going in front of a green screen.
- It might seem obvious, but try and wear clothing that is wrinkle-free and without any stains or marks!
4. Don’t worry about forgetting your lines
If we have a script prepared, we are able to use a teleprompter or we can use off-camera monitors.
5. Pause briefly between your sentences
It helps when we’re editing so we can keep a clean cut.
6. Expect to repeat lines
It’s not you! We might need to reset cameras, sort lighting or take different angles.
7. Listen to the direction from the production team
They know what they’re doing and have a brief to work to – we’ve got you!
8. Forget the camera is there
We know this is easier said than done, but ignoring it will be more natural.
9. Communicate with the team
We want you to feel comfortable, so tell us if there are things you don’t want to do or say. The Production Manager will talk it through with you and make sure you have full peace of mind.
10. Stay hydrated
This is really important as it will help your voice on the day. It also prevents sibilance – the natural hissing sound when you pronounce T, S, SH and Z.
There are probably lots more we could tell you, but this is a good starter for ten. The main thing is to feel prepared, calm and ready. Speak to your in-house team before the day if you feel unsure, or to the production team with you on the day.
Everyone wants the best from the filming – we’re in this together!