How to set up and frame for a filmed interview.

A group of children look at different ways to set up and frame shots when filming an interview for a World War Two history project.

The fourth top tip is to 'think about your shot!'

The crew are almost ready to begin their interview, but first, they need to set up their shot. We see an introduction to different types of film shots, including wide shots and close ups. Advice is given about setting up a shot to ensure the camera is focused and different eye lines are explored in filming. The effect of changing to close up shots as an emotional tool is also explored.

We then see two clips that demonstrate interesting and different ways that other school children have filmed their interviews, as part of the BBC's Make Film - Greatest Generation project. In the first, the difference between wartime food and today’s food is discussed, while in the second, a mother talks about evacuation with her child. The two films shown use very contrasting types of shot; the first is about women at war and the second looks at daily life.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could watch a variety of clips from different sources and look at different eye lines and shots that are used. Ask them to analyse which they think works best and what would they use in their film? They could also practise setting up and framing interview shots and conduct 'mock' interviews with eachother.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Media Studies and History at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at Second Level in Scotland.