Lady Eleanor Holles

Back in 2016, Dragonfly established a relationship with the Lady Eleanor Holles’ school in Middlesex. Since then, we’ve been their sole supplier for all video production requirements – from talking heads videos, to event filming.

Over the years, we’ve filmed a great deal of talking head’s content for LEH – but a particularly good example of our production skills lies in this particular series. We were asked to produce a number of talking heads featuring the sixth form schoolgirls. The techniques employed by our team achieved a relaxed, honest and human interview content. Despite the subjects being teenagers, we were able to avoid any self-conscious awkwardness.

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We do things differently

 

A classic method of delivery for a talking head video is the ‘direct address’ – where a contributor looks directly down into the camera lens as they speak. The invention of an innovative piece of equiptment called an ‘eye-direct’ has transformed the way that production companies record interview content. It uses a series of mirrors to re-direct the contributors line of vision, forcing the illusion of face-to-face conversation.

 

This tool was first used in broadcast and documentary film making – and has been brought to corporate video production by Dragonfly.

 

It combats camera shyness

Using this equipment cleverly re-directs the contributors line of vision. Without having to stare into an intimidating camera lens, we find that interviewees relax, often forgetting they’re on camera. This leads us into the second, key benefit –

It enables natural conversation with contributors

The series of mirrors simulates a face-to-face interaction. Contributors feel at ease, imagining that they are having an ordinary conversation with an interviewer. The results of this method are infinitely better than the old style of interviews, and it truly shines through in the footage.

The Look

Here at Dragonfly, we’re passionate about making beautiful video. We see it as one of our flagship skills – and we’ll never pass up an opportunity to make a project look simply stunning. Our team feel particularly strongly about Talking Heads – they’re often underestimated because of their simplistic, straight-forward nature – but there’s no need for them to look dull and dreary. We pride ourselves on the cinematic quality of our video content, always aiming find the best shots and to bring beautiful colour and texture to the screen.
 
No matter what the project, we always bring out the top-end kit. One of our favourite lenses has actually been voted the best in the world, and we’re just as likely to use it for your talking heads video, as we are for some flashy BMW commercial.

B-roll footage

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot. It’s a great way to add interest and variety to video content – even the best quality talking heads can become a little repetitive after a while.

At LEH school, we’ve spent many days shooting high-quality, cinematic B-roll footage – from daily routines of teachers and students – to big events, like sporting fixtures and school plays.
 
 
We don’t just leave it up to chance. During pre-production, our team spend time doing image research – sourcing visually interesting scenes to capture on shoot days. This always produces spectacular results, and outshines random, last-minute footage.

The final videos

Take a look at some of the finished videos from this series: