Talking heads can also be referred to as vox pops, although the latter tend to be shot in the street as handheld pieces.
The main thing with talking heads is the interviewee or presenter speaks directly into the camera lens – straight down the throat!
This can have impact, although preferably in short edits. Longer pieces, depending on how good the presenter is, need what we call ‘cut-aways’ – views of what is being talked about, as supporting visuals.
If lit and recorded well, these can be a real treat. And, of course, we use Autocue, so that nobody needs to remember their lines!
Here’s several examples … including interviews and commentaries off camera:
GDPR Academy – Dominic Cullis, CEO, discussing the impact of GDPR
Natasha’s Gap Year – for Pearson
Broadclyst School, Matthew Pitts, Head of Year 6 – Broadclyst Community Primary School for GL Assessment
Amy’s Gap Year – for Pearson
FIRS School – Jacqui Grist – SEND – The Firs School, Chester for GL Assessment
Joe’s Gap year – for Pearson
Joey Mwangi-Smith, London South Bank University for Pearson BTEC
Exam Tips! – from team that work on your GCSEs.
Unilever BTEC Apprentices
Dr Graham March, Chairman, Special Products Limited – The Journey