If you arrive for a television interview and you see two cameras set up, be prepared.
Be very prepared.
Why? The producers are probably expecting you to walk out on the interviewer.
You see, a normal single camera television interview doesn’t end with the last question. Both the interviewer and spokesperson are expected to stay behind to shoot ‘cutaways’ – shots used in the editing process: the two shot (both you and the journalist), the reverse two shot (taken from the opposite angle) and the ‘noddy’ (the journalist nodding sagely as if listening to you.)
A two camera shoot means the crew is anticipating an interview so hostile that you won’t want to stick around for the cutaways. That’s why they need two cameras to pick up those wide angle and reverse shots in real time.
Or, worse, they’re hoping you will be provoked into walking out of the interview.
That is television ‘gold’ and a guarantee you will be featured in the program promo, the opener and commercial break teasers, and forever on the Internet.
Who remembers why former French president Nicolas Sarkozy walked out of an interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl?
Chances are no one will remember why you walked out either. Stay calm, resist the urge and remember why you are there.
You don’t want to be on a top ten list of all-time classic television interview walk-offs.