I have been filming quite a large number of interviews for WarGen (see the last blog), approaching 30 of them and I have been helping the Manchester Indie Film Makers Group (based at Manchester Central Library) to make their latest production for a live audience, Six Million Voices, in June of this year.
This picture shows a typical rig of the equipment with one of my trusty GH4 cameras. There is a stereo microphone mounted on the camera's frame, and a sound recorder mounted together with a wireless receiver. In this case, we were filming a short interview, the subject moving forwards and the camera moving backwards, maintaining a more or less constant distance between them. The stereo mike provides some depth of sound while the lapel mike provides a clear voice from the interviewee.
Chris Burton walking the corridors of Manchester Central Library
while talking to camera.
This is not light equipment for continuous filming, probably weighing in all 5 or 6 kilos depending on what is on board, so you need to develop strength in your arms.
But more about that another time.