The Interrotron creates interview magic.
Instead of talking to some off-camera stranger, the subject speaks right to the camera. This way, your audience is in the conversation, not just eavesdropping. The great documentary filmmaker Errol Morris popularized direct to camera interviews with his creation, the Interrotron.
Basically, there are two teleprompters, each fed the video signals of the opposite camera. The subject sees the face of the interviewer and vice versa. They just have a one-on-one conversation over video.
Typically the interviewer and subject are in the same room. There have been situations where the two have been in different cities or countries. For instance, we worked for Al Gore in San Francisco who was simultaneously interviewed by students around the globe.
The Errol Morris movies and commercials made with this technique are downright riveting. Many reality TV shows now use this concept with fantastic results.
The name Interrotron came from Errol’s wife, who combined “terror” and “interview.”
Happily, when you replace a blank camera lens with a friendly face, terror can be the last thing people think of.
An Interrotron system is dependent on your needs, but typically includes:
• Two LCD teleprompters with HD options available.
• A friendly, skilled operator to deliver, set up, and maintain the system throughout your event.
• All necessary video cables and accessories.
• A “B-camera” package of an HD camcorder to provide the director’s image.
• A stand or tripod to support the whole system.
Do an interview through an Interrotron from another city.
There’s now Google Hangout, Facetime, or Skype based Interrotrons!
A flypack typically comes with a laptop, IFB earpiece for the subject, headphone amp, cables, and instructions.
With such a hybrid name, some misspellings are expected. We’ve seen it listed as interrortron, interratron, interatron, interotron, and even nteratron.