Tim Otholt
phone: (408) 406-1832

At a glance...
  • As 1st unit DP
  •     1 award *
  •     11 feature films
  •     50 short films
  •     4 TV pilots
  •     31 commercials
  •     9 music videos
  •     5 instructionals
  •     10 industrials
  •     6 documentaries
  •     1 corporate PSA
  • As Director
  •     1 TV pilot
  •     1 short film
  • As Producer
  •     1 $100k TV pilot

Otholt's Guide To Interview Style (2005 - 2010)

I shoot 50-60 interviews a year for corporate, documenary, and commercial television.

The biggest impact on the perceived production value of an interview is the location. Some locations are very easy to shoot a perfect interview, and others, well, require extensive work.

Big Budget Primetime Television Style

Easy: The Empire room at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. Two lights, grip, and one table lamp.

CEO Frank J. Bellizzi, Hydro-DX

CEO Martin Lee, Preventative Inc.

CEO Michael J. Billig, Experien Group, Llc.

Big Budget Primetime Television Style

Difficult: Room 2007 at The Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco.
(Pictures are from a low quality screen capture)

CEO Raymond W. Cohen, Symphony Medical, Inc.

Low Budget, Prime time Television Style

An small room at the Embassy Suites hotel in Las Vegas.

2006 ATA Masters Interviews, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cinematic Style (Redrock Encore Cinema Lens Adapter)

Here is a variety of interviews shot using with the Panasonic HVX-200 HD camera and the Redrock Encore Cinema Lens Adapter. The primary benefit of the Redrock adapter is making it easier to throw the background behind the subject out-of-focus. In addition, Cinema lenses have a nice subtle glowing hallation for objects that are overexposed.

Nikon 28mm/f2.0 AIS

Nikon 35mm/f1.4 AIS

Nikon 85mm/f1.4 AIS

Nikon 105mm/f1.8 AIS

Nikon 85mm/f1.4 AIS

Nikon 85mm/f1.4 AIS

"What Can You Do Quickly?"

Quick And Dirty: An office lobby and a plant. Only 25 minutes of actual setup time.

Note: Cinema style out-of-focus background created with the Redrock M2 Cinema lens adapter and an 85mm f/1.4 Nikon film lens.

CEO Renney E. Senn, CrossFlo Systems, Inc., San Diego, CA

Colorful Style

Something a little different, something a little more fun.

2005 ATA Masters Interviews, Las Vegas, Nevada

Run-and-Gun Style

A small room, less time, less equipment.

ATA Chief Master Robert Allemier

ATA Chief Master William Clark

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