The concept of providing "look space" for interview subjects is a framing technique that has been used for decades by broadcasters and documentary interviewers.
|In TV news and documentary films the subject is filmed with their eyes fixed on the reporter asking questions. There are framed either to the right or the left, depending on which side the reporter stands.|
The rule is simple: The interview subject never looks in the camera lens when speaking. The subject is filmed are always looking into the eyes of the petitioner who is standing either camera left or camera right trying to keep eye contact with the subject.
This framing has become standardized and is often seen in TV news packages. The only person who ever speaks directly to the camera are the anchor, or the field reporter.
|Here is what it looks like when the subject is looking into the camera. You won't see this on broadcast news. Only the reporter is allowed to be shown speaking to the lens.|