With the current pandemic forcing people to stay apart and
shelter-in-place, film productions of all budgets and sizes have come to
a screeching halt. However, necessity being the mother of invention has
brought forth a trend of stay-at-home films either made entirely by
people living at the same location or by editing together scenes films
in separate locations with each being taped by the occupants of that
It is possible to film a scene with two actors in it while the actors are in two separate locations. To do this, make sure that both actors have access to a room with similar painted walls. (This is usually, but not always, easy with many folks having at least one room with basic white walls in their homes.) Arrange for the actors to talk while facing opposite directions and being placed in different areas of the room, and you will be able to cut it together in editing to make them appear to be in the same place.
Using off-screen dialogue is also a tool that comes in handy to make
characters appear to be in close proximity of each other even if they
are miles apart in actuality. Having one character call out to another
from a different room gives the illusion that they are both in the same
Another easy technique to use is to create found-footage or documentary-style film, where it would be expected to only see one or two people on camera at a time and in the case of documentary-style, all characters at different locations.
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