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dallas kruse
How to film 1 person twice in the same scene...
on Sep 20, 2016 at 5:39:46 pm

I have this idea for a music video where the actor is 2 characters. Its been done so much but I'm not sure how to pull it off.

In the attached scene mock-up, I'd like to film the scene twice. Once with the Actor as "character 1" and then again with "character 2".

It'd be easy to do as split screen but what if I want the actors to cross each other?

i.e., have Character 1 sit on the couch and Character 2 walk behind the couch.

The camera will be locked off for the shot. Is there some sort of trick to doing this?

Here's a photoshop mockup of the scene



Music Producer dabbling in Video.
FCP 7. Adobe CS6.
Canon T3i.


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: How to film 1 person twice in the same scene...
on Sep 20, 2016 at 5:55:23 pm

You could use a difference matte. You'll need to keep the lighting identical for the shots and shoot a clean plate too.


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dallas kruse
Re: How to film 1 person twice in the same scene...
on Sep 20, 2016 at 5:59:23 pm

The lighting won't change at all. Which will help.

So, shoot a clean shot (no actors) then do the scenes with the actors.

How about shadows? If I have an actors cross the other actor, should I worry about there NOT being a shadow cast?

Music Producer dabbling in Video.
FCPX. Adobe CS6.
Canon T4i.


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: How to film 1 person twice in the same scene...
on Sep 21, 2016 at 9:40:25 am

One other trick that may help is to use a body double - someone that is the same height and body type as the actor, dressed exactly the same- in the shots where the two characters are supposed to interact. Shoot both passes with actors switching roles (practice a lot to try to get similar timings- doing this on music or counts of 8 will help) and then roto the face of one character played by the actor in on one of the shots and match it on the second shot where the same character is played by the body double.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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