I have noticed that many Google Glass users are using the device to conduct video interviews with people standing in front of them. Although the device has probably not been designed with this use in mind (capturing the conversations of other people), Glass wearers will still want to record conversations they are participating in. The problem, however, is the uneven volume levels in the video recording. The Glass wearer’s voice sounds normal, but the interview subject sounds too quiet, and it can become quite distracting to watch after a while. It can also make the Glass wearer “sound” like they are dominating the interview.
It can also make the Glass wearer “sound” like they are dominating the interview
This is probably due to the microphone on the Glass device being designed to pick up your voice commands, not the conversations of others. Perhaps soon, someone will develop a specific “interview mode”. For now, my suggestion is for the Glass wearer to speak normally, or perhaps a little quieter than normal, and the interviewee (the person you are speaking to) be encouraged to speak up louder than normal so that the volume levels are evened out.
I recommend you record a quick “mic check” trial interview first, and watch/listen to the playback to make sure both of your speaking volumes are in a similar range before you start recording the interview proper.
Stay “Visually” Focused on the Subject
As I mentioned in my article, Filming with Google Glass? What you need to know about POV (Point Of View) filming, a great advantage of Google Glass is that we get to see exactly what the Glass wearer is seeing. The great disadvantage is exactly the same thing; we are forced to see exactly what you are seeing.
It can be a nauseating experience for the viewer if the Glass wearer is looking around and moving their head around too much.
I recommend that Glass wearers try to stay “visually” focused on the interview subject and keep their heads as still as possible. Be very specific with your head movements. If you need to look up, down, left, or right; do so by moving your head slowly and smoothly. Likewise, if you need to move in for a closer look, lean in with your body or step forward slowly. Also, be mindful of head bobbing/nodding i.e. nodding in agreement – unless you want to take your viewers on a roller coaster ride!
Don’t Ignore your Interviewee when Referring to other Material
In general, try not to look away from the interviewee during the interview, as it will appear that you have disengaged (or in film editing terms) “visually cut-away” from your interviewee and moved on to another topic/scene. Looking away can be disorienting for your viewers. Remember that when filming, it’s all about the viewer experience (your audience) – not whatever happens to capture your attention right now (stay visually on point).
If you have any reference material or objects that you want to discuss during your conversation, make sure to place them in an easy to locate position beforehand – ideally where you can grab them without even needing to move your head to look. Try to plan your filming so that you keep your eyes on the interview subject the whole time, and keep them in the frame while you bring any object you want to discuss up into the frame. Another option would be to have your interviewee hold up the object and refer to it.
Frame them Properly
Framing has exactly the same meaning as a picture frame on the wall, i.e. it is the rectangular border that frames the image inside it. Everything within your #Glass frame is important. Check if there is anything in the background or foreground that your viewers can see which is going to distract them. To learn more about framing see, You’ve been framed.
Apply the “Rule of Thirds”
When we first start taking photos or filming people, we tend to put the subject of our filming right smack in the middle of the camera frame. It seems like the right thing to do, but actually, it is a big no-no!
The “Rule of Thirds” has been well-known to artists for centuries. It is also one of the first concepts taught in courses to photographers and video camera operators. The “Rule of Thirds” teaches us how to create balanced and interesting compositions within the Glass camera frame. See here to learn How to apply the rule thirds.
These are just some of the things you need to bear in mind whilst filming. I will cover other tips in future articles.