Down the lens interviews

Down-the-lens interviews

Relax your interviewees and get the best out of them using the VoxBox Pro down the lens interview kit

VoxBox Pro mirror box for perfect down-the-lens interviews

The ‘down-the-lens’ interview is quite commonly seen in documentary programmes where a contributor is talking directly to the viewer rather than to an unseen person off-camera. This very powerful technique is performed using a two-way mirror box setup, which allows the contributor and interviewer to see each other and maintain a natural, relaxed conversation without the distraction of the camera lens and crew. I’ve hired the kit to do this previously – the Eye Direct (Interrotron) – but have found it expensive, cumbersome and time-consuming to set up. I had a shoot in Lisbon a couple of years ago which required the Eye Direct kit, but expensive hire costs and excess baggage made me think of an alternative….So I decided to build my own down-the-lens interview mirror box. Fast-forward to the present day and I have now developed this into a product available to purchase (as well as hire with myself).

Key features of the VoxBox Pro and advantages over the Eye Direct

  • Quick setup – mounts directly onto the camera’s 15mm rails or can screw to a lighting stand
  • Ideal for filming interviews while social distancing
  • Versatile – the interviewer can sit at one of four different positions which is great for challenging spaces
  • Cost-effective – it’s part of my kit (only £45/day), and you avoid expensive hire charges and shipping costs
  • Teleprompter – the unit converts to an autocue in seconds. I can provide a tablet with Bluetooth control (to control speed remotely).

You can learn more about the VoxBox Pro for the official website http://www.voxbox.pro

Available for hire with my standard kit package, complete with tablet and autocue software £45/day.