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8 tips to film a self interview on a smartphone


We talk an awful lot about mobile cinema here at the Dublin Smartphone Film Fest

vial . Having a mobile phone and the skills to create cinematic video can go along in other aspects of your life. Getting a job can be tough. It is a crowded, competitive landscape. Your mobile video skills could give you an edge. Filming an interview on a smartphone can be a great option, especially if you're on a budget or need to be mobile.


Here are some tips to help you make the most of your smartphone camera and get the best results:


Use a tripod:


Keeping your phone steady is important for a good quality video. A tripod can help you to stabilize your phone and make it easier to film the interview.





Use a microphone:


The built-in microphone on a smartphone can be good enough for casual

use, but for an interview, its better to use an external microphone. If you are a budding documentary filmmaker you might have a lavalier laying around. You can use a lavalier microphone that clips to the interviewees clothing or a directional microphone that attaches to your phone to pick up sound from a specific direction.



Choose a good location:


Much like low budget filmmaking, production value can go a long way here. Look for a quiet location with good lighting. Try to avoid busy or noisy areas, as these can distract from the interview.





Frame your shot:


Make sure you frame the shot properly so that the interviewee is centred

and in focus. Avoid using the zoom function on your phone, as this can decrease the quality of the video. Although a creative at heart maybe avoid some more experimental angles for these video's. Your potential employer may enjoy a break from the norm but it can also backfire. So maybe no Dutch angles



Be mindful of the background:


Pay attention to what is in the background of your shot. You want to choose a location that is visually appealing and not distracting.




Control exposure and focus:


Most smartphones allow you to adjust the exposure and focus

of the camera by tapping on the screen. Make sure to focus on the interviewees face, and adjust the exposure to get the right amount of light.



Shoot B-roll:


To make your video more interesting, try to capture B-roll footage of the

interviewee's surroundings or the topic of discussion. This will help add context to the interview and make the video more visually appealing. Again keep it simple, maybe avoid epic drone shots and stick to footage that helps reinforce what you are saying




Edit your footage:


Once you have finished filming, edit your footage to create a cohesive,

engaging video. You can use editing software or apps to add transitions, titles, and other effects to your video. Again has a filmmaker you might need to fight the urge to grade your footage or add in complex edits. Keep it simple, you are selling yourself not your video skills (unless that's the job you are going for).


. By following the tips outlined in this blog, you can ensure that your interview comes out looking and sounding professional. Remember to choose a quiet and well-lit location, prepare your questions beforehand, and practice speaking clearly and confidently. Additionally, consider using a tripod, a high-quality microphone, and other recording equipment to enhance the overall quality of your video. Finally, don't be afraid to experiment and have fun with your self-interview. With some practice and perseverance, you can create a compelling interview that showcases your personality and expertise.


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