7 Steps to help you shoot an interview
By Joe Marine
Beyond the technical details, I think one of the most important aspects of shooting interviews is that you help your subject feel comfortable, which is step number 7. For people who aren't on camera often, having a camera in their face and lights blasting them isn't the most natural setting, and often people tense up when they're going to be interviewed. If you want truly natural reactions, already having your cameras and sound rolling before the interviewee sits down can have a dramatic difference.
Another great way to make the interviewee feel comfortable is to start off with a number of questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what's being discussed. The more time a person has to adjust to the lights and the camera, the more natural your answers will likely be.