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Why Light? Part 2 – The Interview

In Why Light? Video Interview Lighting Setup in early December I looked at how I lit a recent interview project. The setting was a moot court room at a law school in New York City. On set, in addition to my regular client, was a few observers who wanted to see how I worked and who were thinking through what type of video and production level would best suit their needs. In the blog post I attempted to put myself in their shoes.

The video from that project is now online – it’s an interview with Law Professor Carl Minzner about the themes and ideas in his new book, End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise.

Carl Minzner video by Jon Roemer. Also on YouTube.

To recap from Why Light? – Part 1:

Lights used:  Four Litepanels 4x Bicolor Astras and two Litepanels Sola 4s.

Modifiers: Matthews Grip Equipment RoadRags II Artificial Silks and Flags; Litepanels Astra Softbox + Grid, Litepanels 30 Degree Grid.

Camera & Lens: Canon C300 Mark II with a CN-E 18-80mm lens. Lens at 44mm, f/4 aperture. Filmed in Clog3, Rec. 709, 4K capture.

Tripod & Head: Sachtler Flowtech 75, FSB-8 Fluid Head.

Audio: Sennheiser MKH-416 Shotgun boomed over subject, Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold Lav hidden on subject and transmitted via RØDELink wireless kit. Both running into the camera.

Post-Production: Edited in FCP X in a 1080 HD timeline to allow for punching-in in post.

Frame Grabs:

Carl Minzner video, full-frame, 4K capture in a 1080 timeline.
Carl Minzner video, punch-in, 4K capture at 80% of full size in a 1080 timeline.
Camera setup: C300 Mark II with CN-E 18-80mm Lens.
Carl Minzner video, lit set in moot court room.

The vlog from Why Light? Video Interview Lighting Setup where I go over the camera and lighting decisions: