There are many ways to take a shot in a web video production but one of the most common (and inarguably important) is known as the “talking head” shot. Now, what is this funny-sounding shot exactly?
“Talking head” pertains to a video shot wherein the presenter, actor, or personality is talking directly in front of the camera. In this shot, only the head or the upper body is visible. Think about the news anchor delivering the headlines. That is the perfect example of a talking head.
In web videos, talking heads are very common because they are not only easier to make but catchier too. Let’s talk about some tips on how to make the most out of it:
First, make sure that your presenter is relaxed and comfortable. Since this shot is focused on the head, any discomfort, nervousness, or uneasiness would be very evident. No one would take pleasure in watching such a face, right?
Second, the presenter must also be active and natural. His or her body language must exude confidence in a non-intimidating way. His or her eyes must move naturally too, not like a cat that just saw a rat.
Third, once the subject is ready, you can move on to other things such as props. Yes, you are only shooting a talking head, but tools and objects can make a huge difference particularly in catching the viewer’s attention.