posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 08:45 AM
My wife and i were followed around for 12 months by a channel four documentry team two years ago and being a photographer i was more intrerested in
the techniques they used more than what they were filming.
The obvious things were.
Get in close, you don't want to much dead space around the subject.
When editing keep the clips short. Five to ten seconds is a long time for a clip.
Take lots of little shots that you can use between scenes. an example was that they would film just one of my wheels as i drove away and they would
film me changing gear.
Look for emotion in your subjects, it adds interest.
As for the microphones, The crews always work in two's, one films and one does the sound by using a digital sound recorder and boom rig.
They then edit them together later.
The reason for this i think is so that they can move off the subject whilst still keeping the sound going.
Hope this helps a little.
Oh, and one last thing.
They took over two hundred hours of film for a one hour programme.
[edit on 3-4-2008 by jon1]