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Production/Post Production - Do you use cutaways? (aka Removing the talking head)

Last updated by Titus Maclaren on 18 Mar 2013 10:06 pm (about 8 years ago) See History

During an interview, looking at a talking head (the subject) can become monotonous. As such it is a good idea to ‘cutaway’ to the topic/product that the speaker is referring to. Not only does it make it more interesting, it improves the understandability of the video for your audience.

As an example, if you are interviewing someone and the topic of unit testing comes up, mid-sentence you can cut to a shot of the unit testing UI.

cutaways bad example
Cutaways Bad example
Figure: Bad example – Looking at a talking head for 30 mins is boring
cutaways good example
Cutaways Bad example
Figure: Good example – cutting away to what is being discussed improves the audiences understanding - See 2:08 on this video example

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