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Interviews Cutaways are also ideal for masking cuts in the interview footage. It's a convenient fact of life that you can't see somebody's lips moving when flming from behind them, or when the camera is far away. In other words, you can use a cutaway even while your interview subject is still talking. Your viewers won't be able to detect that the cutaway footage was actually shot at a different time. (TV news editors use this technique all the time--they briefy cut to a shot behind the subject's head in order to conceal an edit between two parts of the same interview.) ·Howconservativeistheinterview? The answer to this question affects how you frame the subject in your lens. Some interviews are designed to be hip, like the ones on MTV, the Bunting's Window computer show shown on airplanes, or fght sequences in the old Batman series. These might feature a handheld camera, off- center framing, or even a camera mounted off-kilter on its tripod for that added wackiness. If wackiness isn't exactly what you're going for, however, the framing shown in Figure 3-1 is about right. Figure 3-1: As in any footage, interviews should offer some variety of composition