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mixer, which accepts (and lets you adjust the volume of) several inputs simulta- neously. (Radio Shack and video-equipment Web sites sell these items.) Tip: If you are both the camera operator and the interviewer, and you decide that you want to be on-camera along with your interview subject, use the remote control that comes with most camcorder models. Open the LCD screen and rotate it so that it's facing you as you sit in front of the camera--that's the only way for you to frame the shot when you're not actually standing behind the camcorder. Interviews ·Istheinterviewerpartoftheinterview? In other words, will the audience see the person asking the questions? If so, you've got a challenge on your hands. You've got two people sitting across from each other, facing opposite directions, but only one camera to flm them with. If you ever saw the 1987 movie Broadcast News, you know how TV professionals solve this problem. Before or after the interview, they capture some establishing- shot footage of the two people sitting there face to face. They also take some footage of the interviewer alone--nodding sagely in agreement, smiling in understanding, frowning in concern, and so on. They flm him asking the questions again, even after the interview subject has left the scene. Later, when editing the fnished product, they splice these reaction shots into the interview footage, as you can do in iMovie. The audience never suspects that the entire interview was shot with one camera. On the other hand, in many interviews, you don't see the interviewer at all. You hear her voice, but you don't see her on-camera. (A disembodied voice like this is called a voice-over. Voice-overs are extremely common in TV ads, movies with narration, and episodes of The Wonder Years.) Sometimes you don't see or hear the interviewer, such as when the producer just wants a comment or sound bite from the interview subject. In those situations, invite your subject to phrase his answers as complete sentences. Otherwise, after the questions have been edited out, you'll be left with an interview subject saying, "Yes...that's, I don't think so," and other unhelpful utterances. Tip: If you, the interviewer, will ultimately be edited out of the movie, you can greatly assist your own cause by framing your questions cleverly. Avoid yes-or-no questions. Don't ask, "Were you happy with your performance?" Instead, ask, "Tell us about how you felt," for example. That's what professionals do. Now you know why, when asked "You just won the Olympics. Where are you going to go now?" nobody in the Disney World ads ever just says, "Disney World!" ·Howlongwilltheinterviewbeafterediting? If the fnished product will be more than a couple of minutes long, think about keeping your viewers' interest up by introducing some variety into the camera work, as described in the previous chapter. Capture some wide shots, for example, for use as cutaways. That way, when you edit the interview in iMovie, you'll be able to offer a refreshing change of shot now and then. chapter3:specialeventflming 69