How To Film An Interview Using V-Flats

Filming interviews with a polished and professional look involves careful consideration of lighting and background. If you've ever wondered how to achieve a pristine white high key background or a moody black background for your interviews, V-Flats can be the secret weapon in your arsenal. In this guide, we'll explore how to leverage the versatility of V-Flats and implement easy lighting techniques to create a compelling visual backdrop for your interviews.


 

Shooting with the white side

When aiming for a clean, pure white background, V-Flats are the go-to solution. Start by positioning a V-Flat behind your subject on the white side. Keep it a few feet behind your subject to give yourself room to put a backlight which you will need to blow out the background for that high key look. Use a big  octobox or softbox (or anything big and soft) as your main light for your subject. 


 

Achieving the Moody Black Background

For a more dramatic and moody interview setting, flip the V-Flat to its black side. Place it behind your subject and experiment with the distance to control the level of darkness. The black surface absorbs light, providing a rich and deep background. This technique adds a layer of sophistication to your interviews, making them visually striking and memorable. If your having issues getting a pure black then try playing with your camera settings and turn off any ambient light that may be getting in the way. Use a grid on your main light to prevent spill as well.


If you feel its too dark on one side of the subject face then add in a white V-Flat for fill. You can control how much fill you want by choosing the distance of the V-Flat to your subjects face.
 


 

By incorporating V-Flats and employing effective lighting techniques, you can elevate the visual appeal of your interview footage. Whether you're aiming for a bright and professional atmosphere or a moody and cinematic vibe, mastering the use of V-Flats allows you to create a visually stunning backdrop that enhances the overall quality of your interviews. Experiment with different setups, refine your technique, and soon you'll be achieving professional-looking results that captivate your audience.


 


If you feel its too dark on one side of the subject face then add in a white V-Flat for fill. You can control how much fill you want by choosing the distance of the V-Flat to your subjects face.
 


 

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“I’m really loving how I can turn into a background, use it to fill shadow or add more shadows, and also as a changing room lol. I’m loving it.”

Jefferson L.