“Dancing with the Stars” Video Production Prowess

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 10.38.44 PMI’m not a Dancing with the Stars fan. I don’t think I’ve ever watched more than 5-minutes of the show. I’m not a hater. It just isn’t my thing, but the other night I saw it on a TV and it literally stopped me in my tracks with some video production inspiration.

What caught my eye was a series of interview shots. They were interviewing people againstĀ  some pretty boring walls, but instead of shooting head-on into the wall they placed the camera up against it and shot down the wall at the interview subject. Does that make sense?

The technique was similar to the interview shots in the photos I posted here from shoots we did a while back for the Northern Illinois Food Bank and also Yellow House Children’s Services.

Screen shot 2013-04-01 at 10.37.13 PMAnyway, all of us are often faced with shooting interviews against boring backdrops. This is a way to spice things up. The change in perspective adds a lot of visual interest.

Clearly, I’ve done this sort of thing before, but seeing it on DWTS really served as a good reminder and even gave me some new ideas. They used the technique in multiple ways with the camera at different heights, the subject in profile and it all worked.

Inspiration can come from some unlikely places. That’s why you always have to keep your eyes open.

–Tony Gnau

VIDEO– Northern Illinois Food Bank

VIDEO– Yellow House Children’s Services